Second-hand Smoke
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What is second-hand smoke?

  • Second-hand smoke is made up of the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe, and the smoke that is blown into the air by the person smoking.
  • It contains over 4,000 chemicals, and many of these cause cancer. Two thirds of the smoke from a cigarette is not inhaled by the smoker, but enters the air around the smoker.
  • Second-hand smoke seriously hurts your health. Researchers estimate that second-hand smoke kills at least 1100 Canadians every year.

What is third-hand smoke?

Third-hand smoke is a new name for an old problem – the toxic chemicals in smoke that stick around even after the smoker has put out the cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Third-hand smoke gets trapped in hair, skin, fabric, carpet, furniture, and toys.

Smoking in vehicles – against the law?

Did you know that it is prohibited to smoke or use vapour products in a vehicle with children under the age of 16 in BC?  See the provincial Motor Vehicle Act to learn more.

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