Chances are, you know someone who smokes. Whether you smoke or you're regularly
around someone who does, it's never healthy to breathe in tobacco smoke. Even occasional
or short-term exposure can take a toll on the body.
If you smoke, try to quit. Quitting isn't easy because smoking
is highly addictive. But plenty of programs and people can help you kick the habit.
And just consider the benefits: You'll look, feel, and smell better, not to mention
you'll have more money saved to go out and show off the newer, healthier you!
If you don't smoke, ask the smokers you know to take these two
Take all their smoke breaks outside — away from other people,
especially kids and anyone who's pregnant. Smoke lingers in the air for hours after
cigarettes are put out. That means if a smoker is puffing away anywhere inside, other
people are inhaling that smoke too. Because smoke sticks to people and their clothing,
when smokers come back inside, they should wash their hands and change their clothing,
especially before holding or hugging children.
Never smoke in a car with other people. Even exhaling out the
window does little, if anything, to reduce smoke exposure.
Just as a person who smokes chooses to light up, nonsmokers have a choice too —
to walk away from other people's smoke at home, school, work, restaurants, even friends'
and family members' houses. New laws are making it easier all the time for nonsmokers
to lead smoke-free lives.
Taking a stand on secondhand smoke will keep you much healthier and might even
help someone you love think about going smoke-free.