Most people know that smoking can cause cancer and a number of other health complications. However, not everyone acknowledges the similar damage that secondhand smoke can cause when inhaled on a regular basis.
To prevent constant exposure to secondhand smoke and the toxins from cigarettes, the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) recently announced that it will be banning smoking at 70 public sites. The goal is to push more people to stop smoking while improving the health of local residents, according to My San Antonio. Approximately 15,800 who live in the area will be affected by the legislation.
"It's our responsibility to provide a living environment that's healthy, safe and comfortable and, frankly, your neighbor's smoke can often impair that," Melanie Villalobos, a spokeswoman for SAHA, told the news source.
Individuals who suffer from respiratory ailments or just want to breathe easier might want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can help remove chemicals from the atmosphere.