Second-hand smoke

Second-hand smoke affects everyone who is exposed to it.  Those most at risk are babies, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses.

Each year more than 1,000 non-smoking Canadians die from second-hand smoke.



Second-hand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke, contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Exposure to second-hand smoke causes many health problems, ranging from throat irritations to chest infections and lung cancer.

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, even outdoors. Second-hand smoke can remain in the air, on clothes, carpet, furniture and children’s toys long after the cigarette is out.  Second-hand smoke is not removed by opening a window, turning on a fan, smoking in another room, or using an air purifier.

Make your home and car smoke-free:

  • If you smoke, decide to smoke outside your home and car. Be sure your children are safe when you go outside to smoke.
  • Invite your family (including children) to help you develop a plan to create a smoke-free environment.
  • Post signs to let people know your home and car are smoke-free.
  • Remove ashtrays from your home and car.
  • Ask smokers who visit to smoke outside.
  • Think about quitting…it is the best thing you can do to help your children stay smoke-free.

Services related to this information:

Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline – 1-800-363-5864

811 HealthLine (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555

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