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Smoking: Health Risk for Family Members


Topic Overview

The smoke from your cigarettes (secondhand smoke) puts your loved ones' health at risk.

  • Because of secondhand smoke, spouses and children of people who smoke have an increased risk of cancer and heart disease.
  • Babies whose parents smoke:
  • Children of people who smoke are more likely to be smokers themselves.

When you quit smoking, you reduce all of these risk factors for health problems in your family. You also increase the chance that your children will not smoke or will quit if they already smoke.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedJuly 6, 2011

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