The legalization of marijuana in Canada later this year will be another avenue for exposure to secondhand smoke, the Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) is cautioning.
During National Non-Smoking Week 2018, Jan. 21-27, the alliance is reminding the public that all smoke is smoke and harmful no matter the source.
Non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer, lung disease, heart disease and stroke. Children, pregnant women and older adults with health conditions are at greater risk when exposed to secondhand smoke.
“People in Newfoundland and Labrador continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in a variety of settings,” NL ACT executive director Kevin Coady said in a news release.
“One example that comes to mind is those living in multi-unit dwellings who still live with issues related to drifting smoke entering their private spaces. Landlords and property managers need to be vigilant in ensuring that their tenants are protected from secondhand smoke regardless of its source. Everyone needs to take action to reduce secondhand smoke exposure.”
The alliance is also reminding that tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in Canada, and approximately 1,000 deaths each year in Newfoundland and Labrador are the direct result of tobacco use.