Secondhand smoke is classified as the smoke that nonsmokers breathe in from the environment of those smoking.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as Group A, meaning it is most potent and cancer-causing.
- Secondhand smoke costs more than $10 billion per year in health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality.
- Secondhand smoke contains 4,000 chemicals; 250 are poisonous and 43 have been linked to cancer.
- Secondhand smoke is the 3rd-leading cause of preventable death in the US, killing 50,000 nonsmokers each year.
- For every 8 smokers who die from tobacco products, 1 nonsmoker is killed by secondhand smoke.
- Approximately 950-1,690 deaths in Indiana per year are caused by secondhand smoke.
- 70% of Indiana youth (grades 6-12) reported being in a room or car with someone smoking at least once a week.
Thirdhand smoke is considered to be the residue of nicotine and other chemicals left on the skin, hair, clothing, and other surfaces.
Studies have shown that nonsmokers and children who touch these surfaces or inhale the toxins on the surfaces are at risk for tobacco-related health problems and disparities.