Secondhand smoke is the combination of gases and small particles which includes smoke from cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, the smoke that is exhaled from someone smoking, and about 7,000 toxins and chemicals.
Of the thousands of chemicals and toxins in secondhand smoke, more than 250 are known to be harmful and 69 cause cancer.
When children are exposed to secondhand smoke, they are more susceptible to ear infections, more severe and frequent asthma attacks, respiratory problems and infections, and sudden infant death syndrome.
Reproductive justice is a comprehensive term that includes a woman’s right to be healthy, both physically and emotionally, the right to make decisions about her body, and the ability to have economic resources (like health coverage) to plan families.
More than 350,000 women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth. That’s one woman every 90 seconds.
A small yet influential group in the U.S. is fighting to deny women basic reproductive care through birth control pills.
Intellectual disability (previously known as mental retardation) means that an individual mentally develops at a below-average rate. These people can have learning difficulties and trouble socially adjusting.
Intellectual disability (sometimes called cognitive disability) is not a disease or a contagious condition.
This type of disability (which differs from person to person) can be caused by any condition which impairs development of the brain before or during birth or in early childhood. More than 250 causes of intellectual disability have been discovered.