Where There’s Smoke:
A Report on Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure
Health Care Providers:
Are you asking the right questions about secondhand tobacco smoke exposure?
Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) is a mixture of the smoke from the burning tip of a combusted tobacco product and smoke exhaled by a smoker into the surrounding air. The Surgeon General concludes that there is no safe level of exposure to SHS, which contains over 7,000 chemicals, including about 70 that can cause cancer.
Each year exposure to SHS causes more than 41,000 deaths from lung cancer and heart disease among non-smoking adults and 400 deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, as well as about $5.6 billion annually in lost productivity.
This ongoing report looks at current smoking trends and data suggesting who may be exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke and e-vapors, as well as what can be done to prevent exposures through private smoke-free home policies and other methods to lower the prevalence of smoking.
Despite knowledge about the major health effects of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure, systematic incorporation of SHS screening and counseling in clinical settings has not occurred.
A panel of tobacco control experts, physicians, and clinicians, have compiled a simple screening protocol to better counsel and treat patients who have been exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke. Learn more