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Smoking's Impact on Others

Even a little secondhand smoke is dangerous.

Secondhand smoke can cause cancer in nonsmokers. It can also cause breathing problems and heart disease. People who breathe secondhand smoke get colds and flu more easily. And they often die younger than those who don't breathe it.

Pregnant women who breathe secondhand smoke have many risks:

Children who breathe secondhand smoke have troubles too. They are much more likely to have breathing problems such as asthma. They also get more ear and lung infections (like pneumonia).

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph 10: Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke. National Cancer Institute, August 1999.

Pregnant or thinking about having a baby?

There's no better time to quit than now.

Women who smoke have a harder time getting pregnant. And you face more dangers if you do get pregnant:

The good news is that quitting can help you have a healthy baby. It helps to quit at any time while you are pregnant. It's even better to quit before you get pregnant.

Adapted from Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General - 2001. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001. National Cancer Institute Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services