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  • Passive smoking means breathing in other people’s tobacco smoke.
  • Second-hand smoke has been confirmed as a cause of lung cancer in humans by several leading health authorities.
  • Passive smoking increases the risk of respiratory illnesses in children, including asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • If you can’t give up smoking for your own health, perhaps the health of your partner or children, or other members of your household could be a stronger motivation.
  • In Victoria, it is illegal to smoke in cars carrying people under 18 years of age.
  • If you have never smoked but you live with people who do smoke, you are at increased risk of a range of tobacco-related diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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Reviewed on: 12-03-2019