Secondhand smoke kills.

Secondhand Smoke

  • It is estimated that secondhand smoke causes over 12,000 deaths a year in the UK.
  • When exposed to secondhand smoke, non-smokers risk of getting lung cancer and heart disease increases by 20-35%.
  • 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and can linger in the air and stick to surfaces and clothes.
  • Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to babies and children. 165,000 new cases of disease in the UK in children have been linked to secondhand smoke.
  • Pets are also at risk from secondhand smoke.
  • Cats exposed to five years or more of secondhand smoke are 3.2 times more likely to develop cancer.