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SecondHand Smoke and Clean Indoor Air

Secondhand Smoke
comes from lit cigarettes and cigars. It also comes from smoke breathed out by smokers. When children breathe secondhand smoke, it is like they are smoking, too. Secondhand smoke is made of thousands of chemicals. Many are poisons that stay in your body.

Exposure to secondhand smoke contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.(

Secondhand Smoke and Clean Indoor Air Resources

Map of WV Counties with 100% Smokefree Enclosed Work and Public Place Regulations

Map of Counties that Prohibit the Use of Electronic Smoking Devices in Public Places.

County Smoke Free Work & Public Place Regulations in West Virginia      September 2020

Other Resources

Health Harms From Secondhand Smoke - Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK)

Harm to Kids From Secondhand Smoke (CTFK)

Smoking and Tobacco Use Secondhand Smoke (CDC)

Comphrensive Smoke Free Laws (CTFK)

Department of Health and Human Resources
350 Capitol Street | Room 514 | Charleston, WV 25301 | Phone: 304-356-4219