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There are over 4,000 identifiable chemicals in cigarette smoke, 200 of which are poisons and 40 carcinogens - chemicals which are known to cause cancer.

Here are just a few of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke:

Arsenic Acetone Hydrazine
Carbon Hydrogen Acetic Acid
  Monoxide   Cyanide Formeldayhyde
Butane Methane Argon
Ammonia Napthalene Copper

More Secondhand Smoke Facts

It is a Group A carcinogen -- a substance known to cause cancer in humans for which there is no safe level of exposure.
The California EPA report of 1997 estimates that secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths, 1,900 to 2,700 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome deaths, and 35,000 to 62,000 heart disease deaths in non-smokers each year in the United States.
Almost 2,500 deaths annually in Michigan are caused by secondhand smoke and thousands more people suffer from illnesses caused or exacerbated by secondhand smoke.
The California EPA report also found that, among infants and toddlers, there were 150,000 to 300,000 cases of bronchitis or pneumonia caused by secondhand smoke, resulting in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations and 136 to 212 deaths in the U.S.
Secondhand smoke is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the U.S.

Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation, air cleaning or the separation of smokers from non-smokers. The only solution to this problem is to make buildings smoke-free.

A number of public opinion surveys have found that a significant majority of tenants support smoke-free apartment policies.

Our brief Fact Sheet provides concise information on why adopting a smoke-free apartment policy makes sense for landlords and tenants; it's also a good handout at meetings.