Even if you don't smoke, breathing in someone else's smoke can be deadly too. Millions of children are breathing in secondhand smoke in their own homes. Secondhand smoke can be especially harmful to your children's health because their lungs still are developing. If you smoke around your children or they are exposed to secondhand smoke in other places, they may be in more danger than you realize. Children whose parents smoke only outside are still exposed to the chemicals in secondhand smoke.
The Harmful Effects of Second-hand Smoke | HealthLinkBC File 30a
Non-smokers who breathe in SHS take in nicotine and toxic chemicals the same way smokers do. The more SHS you breathe, the higher the levels of these harmful chemicals in your body. Secondhand smoke SHS has the same harmful chemicals that smokers inhale. Secondhand smoke is known to cause cancer. It has more than 7, chemicals, including at least 70 that can cause cancer. SHS causes lung cancer — even in people who have never smoked.
Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke
Breathing in other people's smoke is known as exposure to second-hand smoke or passive smoking. When you smoke, it's not just your health that's put at risk, but the health of anyone around you. Most second-hand smoke comes from the tip of a burning cigarette.