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Is secondhand smoke worse for a person's health than smoking?

Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
No. Although exposure to secondhand smoke has proven dangerous to both your lungs and heart, secondhand exposure carries less risk than being the one inhaling the smoke directly into your lungs. Although no-smoking bans cover the majority of the US, you may be exposed to secondhand smoke at outdoor events, concerts or in a bar. Obviously, the more open space between you and the smoke, the better. Furthermore, the smell that clings to people who smoke -- on the cloths, car upholstery, hair and so forth -- although offensive to some, the odor can not harm you.
Smoking and secondhand smoke are bad for health. However, secondhand smoke exposes you to smoke that is unfiltered, which can be just as dangerous as smoking itself. The amount of exposure is related to adverse health outcomes.

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