Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) causes cancer, warns the National Cancer Institute. Often called second-hand smoke, ETS also causes developmental defects, heart disease, and respiratory diseases like asthma.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, and many of them are known carcinogens. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that ETS causes 3,000 lung cancer deaths per year in non-smokers.
Children’s lungs are particularly vulnerable to the effects of ETS. Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, lower respiratory tract infections like pneumonia and bronchitis, and middle ear infections.
If you are a smoker, please accept the fact that ETS exposure harms others and take action to protect the health of those around you.
If you are a non-smoker, you can take steps to reduce your family’s exposure to ETS, if not eliminate it altogether.
How Can I Eliminate Environmental Tobacco Smoke?
The simple answer is to stop smoking, ban smoking in public areas, etc. But nearly 50 million Americans smoke cigarettes; that’s 20 percent of the adult population. As long as that many Americans are smokers, then we all need to address the problem of ETS.
Smoke air purifiers represent the best solution when you cannot completely avoid cigarette smoke. Also known as smoke eaters, these specially designed air cleaners feature multiple-stage filtration to absorb smoke, tar, odors, chemicals, and toxic gases. If you must spend time around cigarette smoke, protect yourself from its toxic chemical fumes with a smoke air cleaner.