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Rumours About Second-hand Smoke

Can you tell what's smoke and mirrors and what's actually true?
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Smoking in only one room in the house provides protection from second-hand smoke.
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Wrong! Smoke hangs around in any place where someone has been smoking. Even if you can’t see the smoke after someone has put their cigarette out doesn’t mean it’s gone. The only way to keep a house free from second-hand smoke is to make it a no-smoking zone.
That's right! Smoke hangs around in any place where someone has been smoking. Even if you can’t see the smoke after someone has put their cigarette out doesn’t mean it’s gone. The only way to keep a house free from second-hand smoke is to make it a no-smoking zone.
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Smoking at an open door or out of a window means the smoke will blow away.
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Sorry! Second-hand smoke doesn’t all blow away. Smoke is not just what you see; 85% of smoke is invisible and not all of this goes outside. If a person has smoked at an open door or out of a window, there will be second-hand smoke in that room.
Absolutely right! Second-hand smoke doesn’t all blow away. Smoke is not just what you see; 85% of smoke is invisible and not all of this goes outside. If a person has smoked at an open door or out of a window, there will be second-hand smoke in that room.
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Smoking out of the car window is dangerous and harms the people in the car.
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That's right. If you smoke in a car, even with all the windows wide open and the fan on full blast, there will still be second-hand smoke in the car and the passengers will be inhaling it.
Wrong! If you smoke in a car, even with all the windows wide open and the fan on full blast, there will still be second-hand smoke in the car and the passengers will be inhaling it.
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Shisha, waterpipes, and hookahs don’t give off second-hand smoke because of the way they are smoked.
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It's actually false! Research has shown that levels of carbon monoxide for shisha smoke are 35 times higher than cigarette smoke. It also contains higher levels of other toxic or cancer-causing substances. This means second-hand shisha smoke is just as bad as, and possibly worse, than second-hand cigarette smoke.
You're right! Research has shown that levels of carbon monoxide for shisha smoke are 35 times higher than cigarette smoke. It also contains higher levels of other toxic or cancer-causing substances. This means second-hand shisha smoke is just as bad as, and possibly worse, than second-hand cigarette smoke.

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