Are You A Passive Smoker?

Consuming tobacco in any form is dangerous and tobacco epidemic is one of the major health threats in the world.According to a report by WHO, tobacco consumes approximately 6 million people every year. But, do you know that more than 5 million people are facing health threats due to secondhand or passive smoking? Consuming tobacco in any form leads to cancer of mouth, lung, larynx, kidney, throat, bladder, liver, pancreas and stomach.


Passive Smoking Deleterious to Non-smokers


If you are a person who accompanies a smoker, it is important for you to understand that even passive or secondhand smoking can be damaging to your health. Exposure of 5-10 minutes of cigarette smoke can stiffen the aorta whereas exposure for more than 20 minutes can lead to blood clotting and increases the risk of strokes or heart attacks. The smoke of tobacco contains toxins which is not good for your body. Tobacco has nicotine that can increase person’s heart rate and blood pressure once inside the body.


How is Secondhand Smoking Harmful?


There are two forms of passive smoking


  • Mainstream smoke- where the smoke is exhaled by a smoker.

  • Side stream smoke- where we inhale smoke from the lighted end of cigarette, hookah, tobacco, pipe or cigar.


Passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children. They can develop certain conditions like respiratory infections such as bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia or sudden death syndrome, chronic cough, ear infections, etc. Smoking during pregnancy leads all the above conditions and few more issues like premature delivery, low birth weight, mental disability, ADHD and so on.


Repercussions of Passive Smoking


  • Passive smokers are exposed to smoke which increase the risk of lung cancer by 20-30.

  • They can cause or leads to premature deaths

  • It also increases the risk of coronary heart diseases


How to Avoid Passive Smoking?


It is hard to convince people to give up their addiction for smoking, so it is better to be careful at your own. Make your home a smoke free zone for your family and friends.Also, keep children away from smoke and avoid going for smoking breaks with your friends/colleagues. Practising all of these ways can reduce the chances of having serious health issues like respiratory infection, asthma, cancer, etc.

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