The reason why there are still people who stay firm not to smoke is simply because they understand the dangers of smoking. But it’s sad to know that this is not enough as there is the so-called “secondhand smoke”. A secondhand smoke causes or contributes to the different health problems such as heart disease, different types of cancer and lung disease. Thus, in order to be fully protected against the harmful effects of smoking, it is necessary to protect ourselves from secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is also known as environmental tobacco smoke. This includes the smoke exhaled by the smoker (mainstream smoke), as well as the smoke directly coming from the tobacco product (side stream smoke). And it contains toxic chemicals such as the following: Ammonia (used in different cleaning products), Butane (used in lighter fluids), Carbon monoxide (found in a car exhaust), Chromium (used in making steel), Cyanide (used in chemical weapons), Formaldehyde (a kind of industrial chemical), Lead (a toxic metal), and Polonium (a kind of radioactive substance).
The dangerous particles that can be found in a secondhand smoke linger in the air for hours, or longer. But it is not the smoke that is the main concern. It is the residue that clings to the
clothing and hair of the smoker, as well as carpeting, cushions, etc. This is sometimes referred to as third-hand smoke that can also pose a lot of risks, especially to the kids.
As mentioned, secondhand smoke can cause different serious health problems such as below.
*Cancer- secondhand smoke is a risk factor for a lung cancer. The smoke contains benzene which increases the risk of suffering from leukemia.
*Lung disease-being exposed to secondhand smoke may aggravate different respiratory conditions especially those who are suffering from asthma.
*Heart disease-secondhand smoke also damages the blood vessels. In addition, it interferes blood circulation which increases the risk of heart attack and heart disease.
The exposure to secondhand smoke can be reduced and eliminated with careful planning and the will to do it. You have to bear in mind that you have the right and you deserve to breathe clean air. Thus, by following these simple steps you would be able to live a healthier life by breathing a cleaner air.
*No smoking at home-if some members of your family or your guests would like to smoke, tell them to do it outside. Ventilation systems and air conditioners cannot effectively remove the smoke from the air.
*No smoking in your vehicle-if a passenger wants to smoke while on the road, you can stop at the rest stop for a smoke break but this should be done outside the car.
*Choose care facilities that are smoke-free-this both applies to the facilities for children and adults. Choose facilities with no-smoking policy.
*Patronize a business that has a no-smoking policy-opt for smoke-free restaurants. When you go to other places, request for non-smoking hotel rooms. Reinforce the policy by telling the management that you appreciate having a healthy air to breathe during your stay.