For those who do not smoke, many do not have a choice when being exposed to secondhand smoke and the more than 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke, including about 70 known to cause cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC’s news bulletin contained the following facts and figures regarding secondhand smoke:
- An estimated 58 million American nonsmokers (1 in 4) were still exposed to secondhand smoke from burning tobacco products, such as cigarettes, during 2013 – 2014.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke remains high for certain groups, including children ages 3-11 years (38%), people living in poverty (48%) and people living in rental housing (39%).
- More than 3 in 10 nonsmokers with less than a high school education are exposed to secondhand smoke.
- More than 7 in 10 nonsmokers living with someone who smokes inside the home are exposed to secondhand smoke.
- According to a 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, each year exposure to secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths from lung cancer and heart disease among non-smoking adults, and 400 deaths from sudden infant death syndrome.
Even with the proliferation of smoke-free policies, exposure to secondhand smoke is still a significant issue.
The indoor air quality professionals at Home Air Check provide testing products to identify exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and other airborne pollutants.