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Health Tip: How to Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Health Tip: How to Avoid Secondhand Smoke

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Suggestions include asking people not to light up in your home

Secondhand smoke can cause illness and early death in adults and children who don’t smoke.

The womenshealth.gov website offers some suggestions on how to reduce your exposure to secondhand smoke:

  Ask smokers not to smoke in your home or car.
  If you are near someone who is smoking, keep the windows open.
  Politely ask people not to smoke around you. Mention that it makes you cough and your eyes itch.
  Avoid areas, such as restaurants or bars, where smoking is allowed.