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Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for:

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

  • Acute respiratory infections

  • Ear problems

  • More severe asthma

Smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.

Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer.  

Get more information:


What can parents do to protect their children from secondhand smoke?
(Fact Sheet from Goodhue County Public Health Service)

What is in our air?
(Secondhand smoke brochure from Goodhue County Public Health Service.)

Secondhand Smoke in the Workplace
(Fact Sheet from Goodhue County Public Health Service)

Secondhand Smoke -What it means to you (En Español)
(A short, easy-to-read booklet from the U.S. Surgeon General explaining what scientists have learned about the dangers of secondhand smoke.)

Citizens for a Smoke-free Goodhue County
(Concerned citizens from all parts of the county who advocate for smoke-free air and to reduce the harm caused by tobacco. Get information on activities. Sign up to received their newsletter. Post a comment on their message board.)


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