Whether you use tobacco products once or for a lifetime, you body can experience a wide range of side effects. The risks of smoking or using tobacco products vary per person. Cigarette smoking not only affects the user but the people around them as well.
- Increased risk of oral, laryngeal, esophageal, and lung cancers
Source: American Lung Association
There are two types of secondhand smoke. The first is called mainstream smoke, or the smoke that goes through the filter of the cigarette into the smoker's lung. The next is called sidestream smoke, or the smoke that comes out of the unfiltered end of the the tobacco product. Sidestream smoke can cause health problems for non-smokers, such as lung cancer, respiratory infections, ear infections, asthma or allergies.
The invisible yet toxic gases and particles that cling to smokers’ hair and clothing, long after secondhand smoke has cleared from a room. Thirdhand smoke contains many of the toxic chemicals found in tobacco, like butane, arsenic, lead, and carbon monoxide.