How It Affects You

This issue affects everyone, whether you’re a smoker or non-smoker. The toxins in secondhand smoke cause respiratory problems, such as wheezing, asthma attacks, shortness of breath, excess phlegm and excessive coughing long after exposure.

• Entertainers and food service workers have a significantly greater risk of dying from lung cancer than the general population, in part, because of secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace.

• Bartenders working in smoke-filled bars are more likely to report having red or irritated eyes, coughing in the morning, coughing during the rest of the day, runny noses or sneezing, and a sore or scratchy throat.

• Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause approximately 50,000 deaths per year in non-smokers.

Smoke-free Entertainment Guide