What is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke is a combination of the smoke in the air from a burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe and the smoke exhaled by a person who is smoking. Secondhand smoke is a known cause of cancer in humans. Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, more than 60 of which are known to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 46,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the United States among nonsmokers.

Because a child’s body is still growing, secondhand smoke is especially dangerous to them. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma.

Secondhand smoke increases the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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1. What is secondhand smoke?
2. How is smoking defined?
3. Where is smoking prohibited (not allowed)?
4. Is smoking allowed on school playgrounds?
5. How will the ordinance be enforced and what is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
6. Why won’t designated smoking areas work?
7. Does this ordinance infringe on someone’s choice to smoke?
8. Do other places in Maine and the nation have smoke-free parks ordinances?
9. Who do I contact for more information?
10. How do I get help to quit smoking?