Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Air Toxicology and Epidemiology

Secondhand Smoke & Children's Health

Secondhand smoke is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), passive smoke, or involuntary smoke. It is released into the air when tobacco products burn or when smokers exhale. Cigarettes, cigars, and pipes all can produce toxic secondhand smoke.

This pamphlet summarizes some of the findings from a recent comprehensive review of hundreds of studies of secondhand smoke by the California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Follow this link to download the pamphlet as a pdf file in English*.

Follow this link to download the pamphlet as a pdf file in Spanish*.

*For best results when printing from Adobe Reader, select Landscape as the page orientation and then the "Print to Fit" option. This works on either letter or legal size paper (obviously, the letter size will have a smaller image.) If you are printing directly from your web browser (with the Acrobat plug-in) not all these options may be available. It may be better to download the file and open it up in Adobe Reader itself, which offers all these options.

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