Passive Smoking

 

Passive smoking also known as second hand smoke can be just as dangerous and addictive as firsthand smoking.  Someone who passively smokes by breathing in the toxic smoke can be just as susceptible as an actual smoker in developing lung cancer or becoming vulnerable to other illnesses such as heart disease and lung infections.  This alone demonstrates the toxicity of smoking and the harmful ingredients in tobacco.  Passive smoking can be tolerated by non smokers usually to a certain extent dependent on the person from not being entirely effected to experiencing symptoms of negative effects within an hour or a shorter period of time.  Those who are pregnant should stay clear of passive smoking as much as kick the habit of firsthand smoking whenever possible.  This will alleviate risk factors of any harm to the unborn child.

The negative affects of passive smoking are as follows
- Damage Blood Vessels through making blood platelets stickier.
- Proven it can cause cancer with extended exposure
- Secondhand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year
- Decreased work productivity
- Fluid buildup in the middle part of your ear

Overall, some people may claim that passive smoking is just as harmful as picking up the cigarette and lighting one up yourself. Take caution when some is smoking near you, and exercise good health practices if you are a non-smoker by steering clear of passive smoking.

Author: J. A. Rodriguez
Sources: The American Lung Association website lungusa.org