We’ve all heard about the negative health effects of secondhand smoke, but new research is shedding light on just how powerful it really is. A recent study from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that secondhand smoke can make it harder for smokers to kick the habit. Researchers say that secondhand smoke triggers nicotine cravings and directly alters brain function, similar to actually smoking a cigarette. If secondhand smoke has such a powerful effect on smokers, then what does it do to those who aren’t even lighting up?
Read more about the effect of second hand smoke on children, as well as adults, at Everyday Health.