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What is secondhand smoke?

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Even if you're not a smoker, you could still get lung cancer it if you hang out around people who do smoke. Secondhand smoke is what you breathe in when people around you smoke cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, or pipes. You take in the same toxic chemicals the smoker does, just in smaller amounts.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “9 of the Worst Diseases You Can Get from Secondhand Smoke,” “Lung Cancer Fact Sheet.”

American Cancer Society: “Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke.”

National Cancer Institute: “Lung Cancer Prevention (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Secondhand Smoke and Cancer.”

U.S. Surgeon General and CDC: “Secondhand Smoke: what it means to you.”

CDC: “Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke,” “Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “How risky is secondhand smoke?” “Lung Cancer: Causes,” “What is thirdhand smoke, and why is it a concern?”

The Lancet Oncology : “Second-hand smoke and human lung cancer.”

Department of Health and Human Services: “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Smoke-Free Homes.”

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health : “Sex and Age Differences in Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Home among Korean Adolescents: A Nationally Representative Survey.”

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights: “Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, and Pets.”

Tobacco Control: “When smokers quit: exposure to nicotine and carcinogens persists from thirdhand smoke pollution.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “9 of the Worst Diseases You Can Get from Secondhand Smoke,” “Lung Cancer Fact Sheet.”

American Cancer Society: “Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke.”

National Cancer Institute: “Lung Cancer Prevention (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Secondhand Smoke and Cancer.”

U.S. Surgeon General and CDC: “Secondhand Smoke: what it means to you.”

CDC: “Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke,” “Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “How risky is secondhand smoke?” “Lung Cancer: Causes,” “What is thirdhand smoke, and why is it a concern?”

The Lancet Oncology : “Second-hand smoke and human lung cancer.”

Department of Health and Human Services: “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Smoke-Free Homes.”

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health : “Sex and Age Differences in Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Home among Korean Adolescents: A Nationally Representative Survey.”

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights: “Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, and Pets.”

Tobacco Control: “When smokers quit: exposure to nicotine and carcinogens persists from thirdhand smoke pollution.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 10, 2017

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