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Facts about secondhand smoking

Smoking Nonsmokers

Just because you do not smoke does not necessarily mean that you do not inhale all the harmful cigarette smoke and particles. On the contrary, whenever there is a smoker with a lit cigar, cigarette or a pipe near you, you are bound to inhale the notorious secondhand smoke or passive smoke, delivering you almost as much harm as it does to the smoker. What is more, statistics say that each adult non smoker lives near about 7% of smokers, while a child is exposed to 20% of people smoking around him/her. This places a nonsmoker in an extremely uncomfortable position, being forced to inhale about 300 harmful substances which are found in secondhand smoke, including some notorious elements like arsenic, chromium, benzene and others.

Passive Smoking Characteristics and F

These terrible pieces of information include children as well. Numerous infections and respiratory diseases may take place due to secondhand smoke exposure and up to 15000 children are admitted to hospitals due to the negative effect of all the passive smoke they inhaled during their short lifetime.

Reading these grim lines, we are to ask ourselves whether there is a cure for this social problem. Upon seeking the answers, the best fitting one would be banning indoor smoking completely, that way leaving those who do not smoke enough air to breathe freely and stay healthy. However, these social and legal changes are yet to be put into action.

Negative Effects of Passive Smoking

Since there are more than 250 different cancer-causing substances in secondhand smoke, nonsmokers are more prone to developing terminal diseases from inhaling this smoke than smokers are from smoking cigarettes in the first place since the smoke which is inhaled passively is a mixture of both the burnt ingredients of a tobacco product and the burning of the outer layers of it too.

As an effect, you, as a nonsmoker possess a great chance of developing lung, renal and breast cancer, along with many cardiovascular and mental diseases. Moreover, pregnant women who smoke risk having their children born prematurely. Finally, people who grow up in a smoking environment tend to develop asthma, allergies, respiratory diseases etc.

All these facts, along with those mentioned above, serve to advise you not to spend time near or in places where smoking is not banned, isolated or taken care of in any other way. You do not have to risk your health just because you want to stay healthy. Therefore, the law needs to protect you as a collateral damage in a world of suicidal smokers.

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