It’s a pretty common knowledge that exposure to cigarette smoke is bad for you, even if you are not the one actually smoking.
And we addressed these unfortunate non-smokers as a secondhand smoker or passive smoker.
Generally, people can be exposed to secondary smoke in homes, cars, their workplace, and even public places.
This smoke comes from burning tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars or pipes.
The toxic from cigarettes smoke makes your blood stickier, raises your “bad” LDL cholesterol, thus damaging the lining of your blood vessels.
In the long-term, you are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke from these inevitable changes.
“Just 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke can cause heart damage similar to that of an everyday smoker.”
Basically, there’s no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to health.
Children breathe at a faster rate than adults, inhaling a lot more smoke that contains poisons such as carbon monoxide, cyanide, and benzene that can affect their health in numerous ways.
Exposure to secondhand smoke posed a greater risk for serious health issues, such as ear infections, respiratory infections, asthma attacks, bronchitis and more.
Youth smokers are more likely to develop severe levels of nicotine addiction compared to adults, which leads them to be tobacco users themselves when they grow older.
Category A Carcinogen means it’s the highest category known to have carcinogenic potential for human, based on human evidence.
In non-smokers, secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,300 lung cancer deaths and nearly 34,000 heart disease deaths per year.
Dogs and cats are twice as likely to develop nasal cancer if their owner smokes, as compared to households without cigarette smoking.
Protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke by doing these things:
Not allowing anyone to smoke anywhere near your home
Not allowing anyone to smoke in your car, even with the windows down
Making sure your children’s school and day-care are free from tobacco smoke
Eat at restaurants that forbid people from smoking (if your state still allow smoking in public areas
Teaching your children to stay away from smoking and secondhand smoke
Being a good role model by not smoking or using any other type of tobacco
Eliminating secondhand smoke by implementing tobacco-free protections is crucial to bring the number of deaths, illnesses, and losses of productivity down as a result of secondhand smoke exposure.
“YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR. Smoking is not a constitutional right, and the right to privacy does not include the right to expose others to the negative health effects of secondhand smoke.” -Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
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