SURGEON GENERAL’S REPORT

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014.

 

Everyone is impacted by secondhand smoke.

Short Term Exposure can cause:

  • Eye irritation
  • Throat irritation
  • Coughing
  • Chest discomfort
  • Difficulty breathing
  • The CDC warns that all patients with heart disease or at risk for heart disease, should avoid all indoor environments that permit smoking

Long Term Exposure linked to:

  • Lung cancer
  • Nasal Sinus Cancer
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Heart Disease
  • Respiratory illness
  • Increase in the frequency and severity of asthma attacks
  • Cognitive disabilities in children
  • Ear infections in children
  • Low birth weight

What can you do to protect yourself and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke?

  • If you smoke, try to quit.
  • If you are not ready to quit – try not to smoke around others

 

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