Smokers aren’t the only ones affected by tobacco smoke.

Secondhand smoke and vapor is a serious health hazard for nonsmokers, especially children.

Nonsmokers who have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol have an even greater risk of developing heart diseases when they’re exposed to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand tobacco smoke contributes to thousands of premature heart disease and lung cancer deaths.

Studies show that the risk of developing heart disease is about 25-30 percent higher among people exposed to environmental tobacco smoke at home or work.

Secondhand smoke promotes illness, too. Children of smokers have many more respiratory infections than do children of nonsmokers.

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