|Healthy Diet Plans >> Harmful Substances / Habits >> Dangers Of Second Hand Smoke|
Passive Smoking - Dangers Of Second Hand SmokeEven if you are not a smoker, you may still be exposed to second hand smoke. That smoky haze in your favorite restaurant, the thick cloud of it in your room after your party guests have left, the smoke that settles when friends or relatives come visiting – all of these affect your health. You and your children are exposed to these health hazards of second hand smoke, which is comparable to actually smoking. While second hand smoke has not claimed as many lives as actual smoking, nevertheless, it has caused the death of many.
What is second hand smoke? Second hand smoke has also been more aptly termed as involuntary smoking, passive smoking, tobacco smoke pollution and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
The two different forms of smoke from cigars, pipes or cigarettes are:
Sidestream smoke – which is let off directly from the burning tobacco
Mainstream smoke – which is exhaled by the smoker.
What are the dangers of second hand smoke? Second hand smoke is considered to be almost as bad as actual smoking. It contains a cocktail of over 4,000 harmful chemical compounds, which are poisonous and carcinogenic. Of these 250 are toxic and more than 60 of them can cause various cancers. These chemicals include cadmium, polonium, benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde, methanol, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and carbon monoxide.
Passive smoking has caused cancers of the lung, cervix, bladder and nasal cavities. In addition to this, coronary heart disease, as well as heart attacks, has been linked to passive smoking. Passive smoking can also lead to the narrowing of the carotid arteries - leading to strokes and artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Passive smoking is especially harmful for children and unborn babies. It has been known to cause low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma, coughing, wheezing and other chronic respiratory illnesses, middle ear infections, nose and eye irritation, dental cavities and general irritability.
Tips To Eliminate Second Hand SmokeWhat to do? Try and eliminate or reduce second hand smoke in your life, and protect your children from it.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|