How Dangerous Is Secondhand Smoke?

Is second hand smoke worse than smoking?

Despite reports to the contrary, secondhand smoke is not worse than active smoking. The toxicology of tobacco smoke is the same irrespective of the method of exposure. So-called secondhand smoke produces adverse health effects in individuals compared with those not exposed to any form of tobacco smoke.

How long does it take for second hand smoke to affect you?

Exposure time to secondhand smoke and effects:

20-30 minutes – causes excess blood clotting, as well as increases the buildup of fat deposits in blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

How dangerous is second hand smoke?

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing more than 41,000 deaths per year. It can cause or make worse a wide range of damaging health effects in children and adults, including lung cancer, respiratory infections and asthma.

Can secondhand smoke make you sick?

Breathing secondhand smoke is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Children are also more likely to have lung problems, ear infections, and severe asthma from being around smoke. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer. Breathing secondhand smoke can make you sick.