Secondhand Smoke is a mixture of the chemicals in the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and the smoke that is exhaled (breathed out) from the lungs of the smoker.
Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoking.
Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. They often suffer more ear infections.
Secondhand smoke may cause thousands of healthy children to develop asthma each year.
Young children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to get lung infections, resulting in thousands of hospitalizations each year.
California Environmental Protection Agency
Supplement to Indoor Air Quality Guideline No. 2
The Mama Didn't Know story was created by the KMAC Kids 2000-2001, with special thanks to Bruce Baldwin, John Sweet, Molly Sweet, Beth Koch, Sheryl Clark, and Helen Deatsch. KMAC stands for: Kids Making A Connection, Health & the Environment; the Mama Didn't Know book was made possible by funds received from the Tobacco Tax Health Protection Act of 1988, Proposition 99, under Grant Number 99-85267 with the California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section. California Smokers Helpline -800-NO-BUTTS. KMAC activities were originally supported by an NIEHS grant in K-12 environmental health science education, "Toxrap" Network. You can learn more about NIEHS educational grant programs at the NIEHS K-12 Teacher Enhancement and Development, Environmental Health Sciences K-12 Education Grants materials, and the NIEHS K-12 Initiatives websites.