Friday, 18 November 2016

Second-hand Smoke | Passive Smoking

Second-hand smoke (passive smoking) is sometimes referred to as environmental tobacco smoke. It is a combination of the smoke exhaled by a smoker and the smoke that comes from the end of a burning cigarette or cigar. When someone inhales that smoke, it is often referred to as passive smoking.

The effects of passive smoking

Majority of the  people is aware of the  second-hand smoke (Passive Smoking) is dangerous for their  health. However, how hazardous is it? Medical science evidence lets us know:
  • Non-smokers exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke increase their risk of lung cancer.
  • Non-smokers who spend their  time with  the  smokers  increase the risk of lung cancer by  20-30%.
  • Passive smoking can bring about  premature death in non-smokers.
  • There is not  safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Second-hand tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and 69 are known to cause cancer.
  • Passive smoking substantially increases a person's risk of getting coronary heart disease.

Why is passive smoking so dangerous?

You may ask how the risks of passive smoking seem so excessive given that a non-smoker doesn't breathe in anywhere near as much tobacco smoke as a smoker. Although the reasons are not well understood, there are some interesting clues. These clues come from our surroundings  where  a cigarette is burnt. Smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette (called sidestream smoke) may be more toxic than the mainstream smoke a smoker would inhale. Sidestream smoke may bring a passive smoker  very near to death. What we know is that, As non smokers  our breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke still carries significant health risks.

So What Should Be Done In Order To Stay Away From Such Hazardous Passive smoking?
  • Parents at home and the teachers schools must make the children aware of Passive smoking.
  • The government  should be serious enough to remove this fetal resource from the Society.
  • Media has to play a healthy role to convey the effects of passive smoking to each and everybody.

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