What Are the Effects of Secondhand Smoke?

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The effects of secondhand smoke are similar to firsthand smoke, as the lungs can be damaged, the throat can get irritated and the risks for cancer and lung-related diseases are high. Steer clear of smoky environments to avoid inhaling secondhand smoke with health information from a board-licensed practical nurse in this free video on smoking.

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If you're a smoker or know someone who smokes, you might be coming up with the question what are the effects of secondhand smoke. I'm Dan Carlson, I'm a nurse. That's what we're going to talk about today. The secondhand effects of smoke are pretty much just like the firsthand effects. It can cause all sorts of lung problems, it can cause all sorts of just general well being problems. Maybe not feeling too good if you're around a lot of secondhand smoke. Don't have that energy, that upbeat feeling anymore. But the majority of it is the lung problems like cancer, emphysema, nose cancer, but cancer is the strict one that is the big effect. A lot of people who have never been smokers tend to die from lung cancer being they're around smoke too often. A lot of times they get a sore throat from being around secondhand smoke too much. Just a lot of weakness, a lot of lack of drive. You can't do what you always want to do. The best thing to do is to stay away from that as much as possible. Try to get yourself out of that environment or make the smoker leave that environment. If you can't clean the air, do something to get away from it. So basically it affects your lungs, your appearance, your circulatory system, it's all just negative effects from secondhand smoke just as you would from smoking yourself. I'm Dan Carlson, thank you.

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