- Because of an emphasis on bars and restaurants as social spots for LGBT people, there is a significant possibility for exposure to secondhand smoke.
- According to the American Legacy Foundation, sexual minorities are 1.5 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke cigarettes with bisexual women up to 3.5 times more likely to be smokers. With this increased smoking in such a small population, it definitely makes second hand smoke a larger issue in the LGBT community.
Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults.
- Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their heart disease risk by 25–30% and their lung cancer risk by 20–30%.
- Breathing secondhand smoke has immediate harmful effects on the cardiovascular system that can increase the risk of heart attack. People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk.
- Secondhand smoke exposure causes respiratory symptoms in children and slows their lung growth.
- Secondhand smoke causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.
- There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. Even brief exposure can be dangerous.