It’s always best to look at the big picture surrounding the effects of secondhand smoke.
If you’re around smokers, then you aren’t 100% safe from any of the dangers. Although you’re doing the right thing by staying clear of smoking all together, it’s still important to know the risks involved.
Secondhand smoke contains over 4000 chemicals – Can you name them all? No one can. If everyone really knew what they were inhaling, I’m sure less people would smoke, but they don’t know.
There are 599 cigarette additives also.
Some of the ingredients you’ve never think would be in cigarettes, but they are.
It’s amazing what you’ll put into your body just because it “tastes good” or “I like this brand better than that brand.”
All cigarettes, besides the natural kinds, have 1000’s of chemicals in them.
Roughly 35,000 people die each year in the US from secondhand smoke – If you break down the numbers to find out each day, it would be 35,000 / 365 ~ 96 people a day.
That’s a lot of people dying for not even being a smoker.
They happen to just be around smokers or in establishments where smoking is permitted, and over time, developed health problems associated with it.
Is it their fault? Absolutely not!
Sure one may argue it is the non-smoker’s choice to work or congregate in an environment where it’s permitted or not frowned upon.
Hopefully one day there will be a permanent ban on smoking in all public places worldwide. The world will be a better place when that happens.
Smokers will have to resort to their own homes or cars, and THAT’S IT!
I say good!
Secondhand smoke causes respiratory health problems, including asthma – Do you sometimes cough or get a little winded when you’re around tobacco smoke? Even if it’s just for a minute, has it ever happened?
For instance, I developed asthma. I don’t have an extreme case, but if I engage in heavy outdoor activity during the winter months, I get winded very easily.
However, if I’m around smokers, like at the bars, or at a house party, I sometimes cough a little bit.
It’s never something serious or life threatening, but it’s something to be concerned about going into the future.
That is simply not the case and untrue. People just don’t realize what it’s doing to their bodies long term.
The effects aren’t immediate. They don’t happen instantly like heart attacks. It takes years of exposure to see any real health issues arise.
Whether that’s good or bad, it doesn’t matter, because it still will happen if you’re exposed to secondhand smoke.
But if you’ve been around smokers all your life, then you’ve already been exposed long enough. You can, with enough time, develop serious respiratory illnesses.
So it’s best to know some facts if you’re wanting to see the big picture surrounding tobacco.
It’s dangerous for everyone, young and old, men and women, any race, and in virtually any city around the world.
There are 1.8 billion people in the world who smoke.
It’s impossible to avoid them all together. But the more information you know, and the better educated you become about the dangers of it, the better your quality of life will be.
That’s a promise!