Dr. Tanzeela Iram, Dr Qurrat ul Ain, Ghanwa Abbas
Introduction: Passive smoking is an outcome of exhaled smoke by other smokers (cigar or cigarette) in the air which is inhaled by others. Breathing in such an environment is an act of passive smoking. This act of taking smoke inside is also significantly hazardous and risky for non-smokers. The safe level of passive smoking is still unknown. Objective: This research was carried out with an objective to create awareness among people about the possible side effects and risks of passive smoking. Methods: We carried out this cross-sectional survey to gather information about the awareness of people about passive smoking through a self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of demographic information, cigarettes smoked, family history and smoking habit. Results: Outcomes reflect that twenty percent of people were not aware of passive smoking; whereas, eighty percent of the population was aware of the side effects of passive smoking. Most of the people who were about passive smoking were in the age bracket of 20 – 30 years. Conclusion: In comparison to other age brackets, most of the people who were about passive smoking were in the age bracket of 20 – 30 years. Keywords: Side Effects, Cigar, Awareness, Passive smoking and Hazards.