How to Avoid Secondhand Smoke
Preventing The Consequences Of Secondhand Smoke
While most people are well aware of the dangers of smoking, less emphasis is put on the consequences of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has immediate effects on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and lung cancer. Nonsmokers exposed at work or at home increase their risk for disease by up to 30%. Having compromised immune systems, the effects are worse for infants and children as secondhand smoke increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and can trigger asthma attacks in children.
What can you do to contribute to your community?
What can nonsmokers do?
- Do not allow anyone to smoke in your car, even with the windows down.
- Do not allow anyone to smoke in or near your home.
- Look for restaurants, stores, and other places that do not allow smoking inside or outside.
- Look for smoke-free facilities for children and elders.
- Make sure caretakers of loved ones do not smoke.
- Teach children to avoid secondhand smoke.
- Take another route when walking through campus to avoid designated smoking areas.
What can smokers do?
- Smoke only in designated areas.
- Blow smoke away from people, especially around children.
- Smoke away from large crowds.