Myths

Myth: You can’t get sick or die from passive smoking

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MYTH: You can’t get sick or die from passive smoking.

FACT:  Of all of the people who die from sickness caused by smoking, 1 out of 4 don’t even smoke!  ‘Second-hand’ smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette and from the smoke that the smoker blows out after inhaling. Non-smokers who are exposed to this ‘second-hand’ smoke are called passive smokers.

Children are especially in danger of becoming very sick if they are around smokers. This is because their lungs are still growing, they breathe in and out more than adults do and they can’t move away as easily.

If you are a smoker make sure you do not smoke inside or around others, particularly children.  If you are a non-smoker move away from people who are smoking, or better still ask them to move away from you!