Easier breathing is possible, and going smokefree is the most effective way of improving the quality of the air we breathe. While most people know that smoking cigarettes causes cancer, secondhand smoke (SHS) can, too. Just minutes after exposure to SHS, a person’s cardiovascular system is put under stress and damaged. That’s hearts, blood, blood vessels, that all have to work harder, just from the air that’s breathed.
Who’s most at risk?
Everyone who breathes in smoke is at risk. In particular, though, hospitality workers and customers are at greater risk. Just two hours of exposure to SHS, casino workers have shown irregular heartbeats, even among those workers who are in good health. Children, seniors, and people who have health conditions such as asthma or COPD are also at greater risk when exposed to SHS.
Air Quality Reports
Good air quality matters to everyone. Learn more about air quality and how clean air can keep you and your loved ones healthier. Learn about air quality in the state of Missouri and in your community: