This Surgeon General's Report finds there is no risk-free level of exposure
to secondhand smoke. This means that being around any amount of secondhand is
harmful. Major findings include:
- In nonsmoking adults, secondhand smoke
exposure increases the risk of getting heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and
lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.
- In infants and children, secondhand
smoke exposure can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), breathing
problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks.
- Nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans
are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
- Even brief secondhand smoke exposure
can cause immediate harm.
- Even the best ventilation systems cannot completely eliminate secondhand smoke exposure. The only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking indoors.
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (2006). DHHS/OWH. 2006. English.
Last Reviewed: April 2009
Last Updated: August 27, 2014