Smoking harms both you and the ones you love. Quitting smoking will benefit you plus help you protect the people in your life.
Quitting will make the people you care about happier and healthier. This may be one of your reasons for quitting.
The main way smoking hurts non-smokers is through secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke that comes from a cigarette and smoke breathed out by a smoker. When a non-smoker is around someone smoking, they breathe in secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous to anyone who breathes it in. It can stay in the air for several hours after somebody smokes. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can hurt your body.
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Over time, secondhand smoke has been associated with serious health problems in non-smokers:
Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for children, babies, and women who are pregnant:
The only way to fully protect non-smokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke is to not allow smoking indoors. Separating smokers from non-smokers (like “no smoking” sections in restaurants)‚ cleaning the air‚ and airing out buildings does not get rid of secondhand smoke.
Smoking affects the people in your life in other ways, beyond their health. When you smoke, you may miss out on:
The best thing you can do to protect your family from secondhand smoke is to quit smoking. Right away, you get rid of their exposure to secondhand smoke in your home and car, and reduce it anywhere else you go together.
Make sure your house and car remain smokefree. Kids breathe in secondhand smoke at home more than any other place. The same goes for many adults. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home or car. Setting this rule will:
When you’re on the go, you can still protect your family from secondhand smoke:
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