When someone smokes, is it harmful to others near them?
Smoke curling up from the end of a cigarette is harmful to everyone in the room as well as in the house. Tobacco smoke contains 4,000 chemicals. These chemicals are in poisonous gases and dust-like particles which are too small for the eye to see.
When you breathe in these gases and particles they get deep down into your lungs and into every cell in your body. This is called second hand smoke. It can cause all sorts of health problems.
When tobacco smoke disappears into the air, you can easily forget about the gases and particles. But they…
- linger in the air, quickly spreading to other rooms in the house, even if a window is open
- stick to clothes, walls, furniture and carpets