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Public Health
Secondhand Smoke

“Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance.  It is a serious health hazard

that can cause premature death and illness in children and adults who don’t smoke.”

United States Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, 2006

What is secondhand smoke or Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)?

Secondhand smoke is a Class “A” carcinogen that contains over 4,000 chemicals, more than 60 are known to cause cancer.  Secondhand smoke is made up of “side-stream” smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and “main-stream” smoke that is exhaled by the smoker


Why is secondhand smoke dangerous?

Adverse health effects of secondhand smoke include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic coughing
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Eye and nose irritation

Secondhand smoke is harmful to pregnant women and their unborn baby.  Secondhand smoke exposure can cause:

  • Decreased oxygen to a mother and fetus
  • A low birthweight baby
  • Increased risk of infant death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Compared to children living in smoke-free environments, children living in smoking environments are more likely to have:

  • Coughs
  • Colds
  • Ear Infections
  • Asthma attacks

What can you do to protect yourself and others from secondhand smoke?

  • Educate yourself on the dangers of tobacco use
  • Bring awareness to the community and your peers about the benefits of living a smoke-free life

  • Advocate for policy changes that promote smoke-free outdoor environments

  • If you or someone you know would like to quit smoking:

CALL 1-800-QUIT-NOW for information on how to quit and stay quit.



Where can I learn more about secondhand smoke?

How to Reach Us

Public Health
621 W Madrone
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-440-3577
Toll Free: 800-234-0985
Fax: 541-957-3704
TTY: 541-440-3548

Click HERE to learn about raising smokefree kids and keeping them safe from secondhand smoke.

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Secondhand Smoke is dangerous to children.

Secondhand Smoke is dangerous to children poster from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Consumer booklet: Secondhand Smoke: What It Means To You

Secondhand Smoke: What it means to you booklet from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Secondhand Smoke Awareness presentation from 2009 Smokefree Fair PhotoVoice Project