Algoma Public Health
- Tobacco Protection
Second Hand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is the smoke from burning tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes as well as the smoke exhaled, or breathed out, by the person smoking. It contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and around 70 that can cause cancer.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies numerous illnesses directly caused or linked to individual's exposure to second hand smoke. Some of these include premature death from heart disease, lung cancer in adults who have never smoked and increased risk of stroke. Second hand smoke also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in an infant's first year of life as well children that are exposed to secondhand smoke experience bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections more frequently. Secondhand smoke is also a trigger for asthma attacks. It is important that children are protected from and that adults eliminate their exposure to secondhand smoke.
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Third Hand Smoke (THS)
Third-hand smoke is a term used to describe the residual left behind by secondhand smoke in an indoor environment even after no one is smoking. These residuals including those from nicotine and poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons cling to surfaces even after secondhand smoke has been dispersed. More research surrounding the chemical make-up of THS and possible health impacts is needed however public complaints about lingering odours have provided additional support for Smoke-Free indoor spaces restrictions.
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Second Hand Smoke in Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDS)
Multi-Unit dwellings are considered to be any building that has more than one residential unit. Other names used for multi-unit dwellings are apartments, condominiums, semi-detached houses, row or town houses, basement suites and duplexes.
When choosing a residence within a multi-unit dwelling it is important to know your rights as a tenant and the rights of the landlord or property owner/manager regarding second hand smoke. Second hand smoke (SHS) is a combination of smoke exhaled by the smoker and the smoke released from the end of a lit cigarette, pipe or cigar.
Some of the common openings that smoke seeps through include electrical outlets, plumbing, duct work for heating and air conditioners, ceiling light fixtures, cracks in walls, floors or doors and through common hallways of the units. It is also common for smoke to seep into units through open windows from balconies and outdoor smoking areas. Some units may share ventilation or heating systems which cause the smoke to be shared amongst other residences as well. A significant amount of the air in your unit can be coming from other units in the building depending on the age and design of the building.
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Smoke Free Cars
Smoking in the car exposes children to harmful chemicals in higher concentrations than in any other environment. Because their bodies are still developing, children are especially vulnerable to the poisons in second-hand smoke. Smoking in the car with children exposes them to an increased risk of developing serious illness. There is no safe way to smoke in the car. Rolling down the windows, using an air freshener or filter, taking shorter rides or even taking just a few puffs before butting out does not protect them from exposure to second hand smoke. By giving children a Smoke-Free ride, you are protecting their health and well-being - now and into their future. Since 2008 in Ontario it has been illegal to smoke tobacco or have lighted tobacco in a motor vehicle while another person who is less than 16 years old is present in the vehicle.
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Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces
In Algoma, smoking is restricted at certain outdoor spaces by specific municipal bylaws as well as the provincial Smoke-Free Ontario Legislation.
Highlights in some of these bylaws include:
Smoking prohibited on all hospital property in Wawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Elliot Lake.
The use of water pipes in public places and workplaces is prohibited in Sault. Ste Marie, Thessalon and Huron Shores.
In Blind River smoking is not permitted within 9 metres of the entrance to the Community Centre.
In Elliot Lake smoking is not permitted within 9 metres of the entrance of the Centennial Arena.
In Sault Ste. Marie smoking is not permitted within 9 metres of the entrance to the West End Community Centre and the John Rhodes Community Centre. Smoking is also restricted at events that have received a permit from the city.
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Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: Oct 3, 2015