QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Secondhand Smoke?

By Delialah Falcon. May 7th 2016

Smoking doesn’t just put the person with the cigarette at risk, it endangers everyone else in the surrounding area. Secondhand smoke, also referred to as environmental tobacco smoke, can come in two forms:

  1. Mainstream smoke – the smoke that is being exhaled after a smoker takes a drag from a cigarette.
  2. Sidestream smoke – the smoke that is coming out from a lit end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe.

Not many people are aware of the potential health hazards of secondhand smoke, or how dangerous secondhand smoke can be to an innocent bystander. Take the short quiz below to test your knowledge on secondhand smoke.

Quiz Questions

1) True or False: Only children are affected by secondhand smoke.

2) True or False: Secondhand smoke in an enclosed facility only affects people who are in close proximity to the smoker.

3) According to the World Health Organization, a safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke is.

a) It is safe to be around secondhand smoke if it occurs no more than 3 times per day

b) It is safe to be around secondhand smoke that occurs in open spaces such as large restaurants offices

c) There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure

d) It is safe to be around secondhand smoke if the exposure is brief, lasting less than 5 minutes

4) Secondhand smoke causes what condition in pregnant women?

a) morning sickness

b) poor appetite

c) giving birth to a low birth weight baby

d) all of the above

5) True or False: Infants exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

6) True or False: Separate, enclosed areas for smoking in restaurants and buildings help to protect people from secondhand smoke, as long as the smoking area is well-ventilated and the doors remain sealed.

7) True or False: Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home are twice as likely to start smoking as children who are not exposed to second-hand smoke.

8) Children ages 18 months and younger who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for developing.

a) bronchitis

b) pneumonia

c) asthma

d) both a and b

e) all of the above

9) Children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home are more likely to suffer from.

a) poor appetite

b) ear infections

c) nausea

d) none of the above

10) Only a percentage of cigarette smoke is inhaled by the smoker, and the rest of the smoke lingers in the air for everyone else to breathe. The percentage of dangerous smoke left lingering in the air is.

a) 25%

b) 15%

c) 85%

d) 45%

11) True or False: Pregnant women who are exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

12) When compared with the smoke that is inhaled by a smoker, secondhand smoke contains.

a) twice as much tar and nicotine

b) 3 times as much cancer-causing benzopyrene

c) 5 times as much carbon monoxide

d) 50 times as much ammonia

e) both a and c

f) all of the above


1. False

2. False

3. c

4. c

5. True

6. False

7. True

8. d

9. b

10. c

11. True

12. f


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