Passive Smoking

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Synonyms

Secondhand smoke; Involuntary smoking; Involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke; Environmental tobacco smoke

Definition

Passive smoking refers to the involuntary inhalation of a mix of mainstream and sidestream smoke (smoke given off the burning end of a cigarette) by a non-smoker. There is evidence that passive smoking causes diseases in the fetus, the newborn, children, adolescents, and adults.