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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Second Hand Smoke - Not As Passive as You Think!!

Why bother with second hand smoke?
For every person who dies because of smoking, leaves behind 30 people to suffer with serious smoking related illness.

What are diseases associated with second-hand smoke?
  • Cancer (lung, throat, head and neck, colorectal)
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes complications
  • Buerger’s disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Gum disease
  • Preterm birth
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Vision loss
  • Dual use (the current use of both cigarettes and electronic cigarettes)
  • Mental health conditions (depression and anxiety)

Who should be targeted for awareness against second hand smoke?
  • Primary audiences include adult smokers between ages 18 through 54.
  • Secondary audiences include family members, health care providers, and faith communities.

Tips To Avoid Second Hand Smoke :-
  • Don't allow smoking in your home. If your guests smoke, ask them to do it outside.
  • If your partner smokes, encourage him or her to quit.
  • Don't allow smoking in your vehicle.
  • Only visit restaurants and other businesses that enforce no-smoking policies.
  • Choose smoke-free care facilities for children and aging loved ones.


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