About Tobacco Smoke

Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) or secondhand smoke is involuntary or passive smoking.


The Facts

ETS is secondhand smoke and it is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by smokers.

The Risks

  • Secondhand smoke can trigger asthma episodes and increase the severity of attacks
  • Secondhand smoke is linked to other health problems, including lung cancer, ear infections and other chronic respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia

Steps you can take

  • There are many resources to help smokers kick the habit. Visit www.smokefree.gov to find more information about how to quit smoking.

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