Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 890,000 are the result of nonsmokers being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Among American adults who have never smoked, secondhand smoke causes an estimated 34,000 deaths each year from heart disease and 7,300 deaths each year from lung cancer and stroke. In children, exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory infection, more frequent and severe attacks of asthma, and other health problems.
– Image courtesy of the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation