Dr. Norman Edelman with The American Lung Association said,"Second-hand smoke is when somebody smokes in the presence of other people and they inhale that smoke. That causes all kinds of problems such as lung cancer, as well as asthma and respiratory infections in children."
Now scientists are finding that third hand smoke, which is the fumes that come off somebody who has smoked elsewhere can have a negative impact on our health, as well as our children's.
Dr. Edelman said, "There's evidence now that third-hand smoke is a risk factor in children like chronic ear infections and chronic respiratory infections. And if your clothes reek of smoke, your hair reeks of smoke, your little child is going to get an asthma attack, more than likely."
The American Lung Association suggests trying to quit. If that's not possible take the smoking outside, where the air is less concentrated and the smoke fumes are not as heavy and won't be left on clothing.
"Smokers should know that they're not only doing damage to their own hearts and lungs and other organs but they're doing damage to the people around them," said Dr. Edelman.