Smoking is the cause of more than 480,000 deaths annually in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths from exposure to second-hand smoke.

This represents approximately one in five deaths per year or 1,300 deaths per day.

On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers.

How many deaths does passive smoking cause?

Passive smoke and death

Exposure to second-hand smoke causes approximately 41,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States: second-hand smoking causes 7,333 lung cancer deaths. Passive smoking causes 33,951 years of death from heart disease.

Can passive smoking kill you?

Over time, secondhand smoke can cause heart disease and lung cancer. The longer you hang around passive smoking, the more likely it is to harm you. Non-smokers who breathe in smoke at home or at work are more likely to get sick and die from heart disease or lung cancer.

How long does passive smoking take to affect you?

Duration and effects of exposure to passive smoking:

20-30 minutes – causes excessive blood clotting and increases the accumulation of fat in blood vessels, thereby increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

How bad is passive smoking?

Passive smoking contains over 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are poisonous and about 70 can cause cancer. Passive smoking causes a number of health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).