Secondhand Smoke: The Dangers of Exposure

Today, there are an estimated 37.8 million American adults who smoke cigarettes. This staggering statistic accounts for nearly 10% of adults in the country. It’s common knowledge that smoking cigarettes is dangerous and puts a person at an elevated risk for cancer, heart disease, and other smoking-related ailments. However, further research shows that secondhand smoke poses just as serious health consequences.

Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. Containing more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer. Although many individuals assume secondhand smoke is benign, it’s extremely dangerous and accounts for the deaths of 2.5 million adults since 1964.

Secondhand smoke does not discriminate, and even short-term exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to both adults and children. Capable of infiltrating through walls, secondhand smoke can spread throughout buildings, causing health issues for those who don’t smoke.

Health Effects in Children

  • Ear infections
  • More frequent and severe asthma attacks
  • Respiratory symptoms (for example, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath)
  • Respiratory infections (bronchitis and pneumonia)
  • A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Health Effects in Adults

  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Stroke


Fortunately, there are modern-day solutions to combat the serious health complications associated with secondhand smoke. Air filtration systems with activated carbon are the most common and easy way to combat secondhand smoke and other contaminants. Activated carbon actually traps and neutralizes hazardous contaminants from circulating the air. 

Designed and distributed in the USA, MatrixAir air filtration units are equipped with a Triple Filtering System to ensure air is clean, safe, and smoke-free. To adapt to different environmental conditions, MatrixAir offers additional filtration options including carbon v-banks, UV light, and medical-grade HEPA filters. 

If you’re concerned about secondhand smoke exposure in your home or business, clear the air now and give us a call at (603) 863-7553 or click here to contact us.

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