Risks of Secondhand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is the tobacco smoke exhaled by a person who is smoking or from a burning tobacco product.

Risks:

  • Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke causes damage that can lead to serious disease and death.
  • Secondhand smoke contains thousands of chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer.
  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at a higher risk of health issues, including: asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, learning disabilities, behavioral problems and more severe asthma.
  • Pets breathe secondhand smoke and, as with humans, exposure is known to cause cancer and illness.

Each year, secondhand smoke exposure results in more than 41,000 deaths. (View Source) More than 4 in 10 children who go to the emergency room for asthma live with people who smoke. (View Source)

Pledge to Keep Your Home Smoke-Free:

Protect your family, pets, and loved ones from the health risks of secondhand smoke. Complete The Pledge and sign up to receive your FREE smoke-free home kit.

Visit Breathe Easy Maine for more info on secondhand smoke

Quit Your Way

No matter what your quit journey looks like, we have the tools to support you. When you’re ready to quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use, choose the option that’s right for you.

Phone Coaching

Free 1-on-1 coaching with a certified Quit Coach to create a customized Quit Plan. People who enroll are 2X more likely to quit and using free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) triples your chances.

  • 8 weeks of FREE gum, patches, or lozenges for eligible residents
  • Talk to a certified Quit Coach
  • Unlimited support

Digital Services

Free online resources with the ability to choose which tools will work best for you. The online dashboard is available 24/7 giving you the flexibility to quit at your own pace. Explore the variety of online tools offered and customize your quit plan.

  • FREE 2-week starter kit of gum or patches
  • Educational materials
  • Text messaging
  • Email