Damage to one’s skin, mouth, hands, feet, respiratory system, heart, bones, and reproductive system becomes readily evident in long-time smokers [7-9].
Breathing in secondhand smoke—whether it’s from a neighbor’s burning cigarette or from a cigarette outside your window—has been shown to have instant effects on the cardiovascular system of nearby individuals.
Over time, secondhand smoke takes a toll on people’s lungs and has been found to increase the risk of stroke in those exposed by 20-30%.
The skyrocketing COPD rates seen today represent those who picked up the habit decades ago, when cigarette smoking was less regulated.
An impact on the rate of COPD is not expected to reflect recent antismoking legislation victories for some time to come.