Passive smoking is the unintentional inhalation of smoke released from one or more smokers. Other people's smoke is responsible for more than 3,000 deaths in France each year.
The consequences of passive smoking
Apart from the risk of dying, passive smoking also increases the risk of coronary events by 25%. Growth retardation, in utero, low birth weight, and sudden infant death... passive smoking can also have dramatic consequences on the unborn and on young children. Then there are risks such as lower respiratory tract infections, otitis, and asthma in children exposed to their parents' smoke.
Passive smoking is the inhalation of smoke from other people. © Tjall, Fotolia