Is Passive Smoking More Harmful?

Is Passive Smoking More Harmful?

Today’s article will be solely dedicated to passive smoking. Many people are still confused about it so now we will look into details.

Let’s get started.

What is passive smoking?

Passive smoking is the inhalation of smoke, called secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, by persons other than the intended “active” smoker. 

It occurs when tobacco smoke enters an environment, causing its inhalation by people within that environment. 

This smoke is also referred to as second-hand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke.

Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report, 2.5 million adults who were nonsmokers died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

Effects of passive smoking.

The scientific evidence about passive smoking shows us just how dangerous second-hand smoke really is.

Here are the facts about passive smoking:

  • Non-smokers who live with a smoker are 20-30% more likely to develop lung cancer.
  • Passive smoking can cause premature death in non-smokers.
  • Second-hand smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals, with 69 cancer-causing chemicals.
  • There is no known safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer.
  • Passive smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 25-40% – almost the same level as a smoker.

But how can passive smoking be so damaging?

After all, a non-smoker doesn’t breathe in anywhere near as much tobacco smoke as a smoker.

The answer lies in the smoke that comes from a cigarette once it’s burnt, with some evidence showing that:

  • Smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette  called sidestream smoke – may be even more toxic than the smoke inhaled by a smoker.
  • Sidestream smoke may get more toxic as it goes from fresh to stale.
  • Low doses of tobacco are all that’s needed to trigger off a series of events that can lead to heart disease.
  • Some research shows that the effect of exposure for a few minutes to a few hours can be just as dangerous as chronic smoking on the heart.
  • This tells us that breathing in second-hand cigarette smoke carries serious health risks, with no known safe level of exposure to passive smoking.

Is there something you can do about it?

If you’re not ready to quit smoking, think about how you can reduce some of the impact of your smoking on those around you. 

Make sure that visitors to your house smoke their cigarettes outdoors. Make your car smoke-free. The other occupants will still be exposed to tobacco smoke even if the windows are open. In Victoria, it is illegal to smoke in cars carrying people who are under 18 years of age.

Avoid people who always smoke. Or meet them when they are not smoking. 

And if you can give up on smoking. Always remember it does not only affect you but the people near you too. 

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