Protection from Secondhand Smoke – 2008 Monitoring Update




August 2008

Type of Report

Monitoring Update


Research shows there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Concentrations can be especially high in cars (Sendzik et al. 2008). In addition to causing heart disease, cancer and premature death in nonsmoking adults, secondhand smoke also causes sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and ear infections in infants. The Ontario Medical Association recommends protection for children in cars and at home. Health Canada specifically advises youth to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

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