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Toxins and Carcinogens in Secondhand Smoke
About the Smoke...
Protect yourself from the dangers
Such smoke may cause or contribute to a number of health conditions from ear infections and asthma to many cancers, including breast cancer and lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema.
Tobacco smoke is more than just a disgusting smell and a filthy brown cloud.
Secondhand smoke, also known as passive smoke, tobacco smoke pollution, involuntary smoking, and environmental tobacco smoke, is a mixture of two types of smoke:
Both types of smoke generally contain the same harmful compounds — and a lot of them. More than 4,000 chemicals make up the haze. At least 60 of the chemicals in a puff of smoke are carcinogenic, meaning they may cause cancer.
Some of the components found in tobacco smoke that are known to cause cancer or are suspected to be carcinogenic include:
Here are a few other toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke that might sound familiar, along with their effects:
Secondhand smoke also contains nicotine — the highly addictive ingredient that makes smoking so difficult to stop —people also get hooked on the second-hand smoke.
US Environmental Protection Agency has classed cigarette smoke in the first, most dangerous, category of carcinogens, along with asbestos and arsenic.
SHS chemicals include irritants and systemic toxicants, mutagens and carcinogens, and reproductive and developmental toxicants.
The only term that the tobacco cartel refuses to use is "tobacco smoke pollution."
Air quality is calculated determining the level of nicotine particles, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide in one cubic meter.
Cigarette smoke contains some 5,000 organic compounds, including chemicals known to cause cancers.
Air pollution drops as much as 97% when venues go smokefree.
The air in bars and casinos can have up to 50 times more cancer-causing particles than the air on rush-hour highways.
Smokers exhale high levels of a bacterial poison called endotoxins that can seriously affect the breathing of those around them...
Every time a person breathes in second-hand smoke, he/she consumes over 100 harmful chemical agents - carcinogens and toxins.
Involuntary smoking involves exposure to the same numerous carcinogens and toxic substances that are present in mainstream tobacco smoke.
If a smoker can get an illness from smoking, the nonsmoker can get the same illness from the second-hand smoke.
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