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Secondhand smoke is an important issue for public health globally. And we want you to be aware. Secondhand smoke causes death and disease in children and adults. As far as we know, no level of exposure is safe, no matter how brief. However, control of second hand smoke is possible by eliminating smoking all together will fully protect nonsmokers. We the members of ACHIEVE would like for you to be aware because we care about YOU!
Increasing the capacity and infrastructure of community based organizations to provide secondhand smoke education and awareness activities to at risk African American youth and youth including of college bound, but college-aged youth.
What is Secondhand Smoke?
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers. This mixture contains more than 4,000 substances, more than 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals and many of which are strong irritants. Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS); exposure to secondhand smoke is called involuntary smoking, or passive smoking."
Who is at Risk?
Secondhand smoke is dangerous to everyone. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer, nasal sinus cancer and respiratory ailment in adults. Most at risk though, are unborn babies, infants and children.