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Exposed To Second Hand Smoke
No: But your level of anxiety concerns me. Virtually everyone on the planet has been exposed to second hand smoke, whether they know it or not. We should all try to minimize our exposure, but single exposure to second hand smoke would have no detectable effects on anybody, other than perhaps someone with a severe allergy to tobacco smoke, or where it sets off their asthma. A counselor might help you. ...Read more
Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more
Are you really exposed to second hand smoke just by passing by people who smoke, or is it just an odor?
The closer you are!: The closer you are and the duration are the most important factors, aside from being indoor vs outdoor. ...Read more
I was exposed to second hand smoke for about 15 minutes. Should I be concerned about health consequences?
Exposed to second hand smoke. But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?
No: One exposure won't harm you.Get a more detailed answer ›
Increased Illness: The effect of second hand smoke on children is well documented. It has proportionally greater effect on the younger children where it can double or triple the risk of respiratory disease. (ear & sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia)the effect is seen even at low smoke levels such that a chronic smoker would not be able to smell the smoke. Problems skyrocket if they smoke with kids present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the: Exposure. Serious second-hand smoke exposure causing the potential for an increase in head/neck cancer and lung cancer (on the order of 10-20% over baseline) has been reported in people who work in bars/restaurants where smoking is permitted, and in people living in homes where there are smokers, or other regular and heavy exposure to smoke. If your exposure was limited, your risk is very small. ...Read more
Alot: There are close to 54, 000 deaths a year attributed to second hand tobacco exposure. ...Read more
Secondhand smoke...: From the us national cancer institute: at least 69 chemicals in secondhand smoke cause cancer. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke has also been associated with heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, and asthma attacks. There is no safe level of exposure. Approximately 3, 000 lung cancer deaths occur each year in the us from sedondhand smoke. ...Read more
Minimal: The second hand smoke, a much smaller concentration than directly inhaled smoke from a cigarette, will coat the interior lining of the lung and little will be exhaled. The solution: don't smoke around your kids (go outside) or quit altogether for the sake of your health (do you want to be sickly or perhaps die before your kids grow up?). ...Read more
It is: Clearly a risk, but the measure is of tyhise exposed versus those not exposed, and cases observed versus expected. Epidemiologist don not provide straight answers, or answer questions with simple answers. ...Read more
No: Not likely at all.Get a more detailed answer ›