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Secondhand Smoke

This is the term used for the tobacco smoke breathed in by people around a smoker. Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for children and pregnant women. Secondhand smoke exposure causes serious disease and death, including heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear infections, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.

Thirdhand Smoke

Thirdhand smoke refers to the toxins from cigarette smoke that stick to soft surfaces. Thirdhand smoke gets on clothes, hair, skin, carpets, furniture, baby blankets, toys, car seats, and many other surfaces. If you have thirdhand smoke on your clothes and then cuddle your baby, your baby can breathe in those toxins.

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