Secondhand smoke kills.
- 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.