Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2011

Secondhand Smoke: Another Reason To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Secondhand Smoke Another Reason To Give Up Cigarettes

Secondhand Smoke:

Another Reason

To Give Up Cigarettes


Basics

(Healingtalks) Around 1.3 billion people smoke cigarettes worldwide. Statistically, the average smoker smokes around 30 cigarettes a day. A cigarette is made from cut up tobacco leaves that are rolled up and smoked. Cigarettes do not only cause health problems for the person smoking them, but also for the people that are around them. When a person smokes they breathe in the cigarette smoke, and then blow out the smoke. The smoke that is blown out by the smoker is called second hand smoke.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

The areas where people are most commonly exposed to second hand smoke include the workplace and the home. In the United States roughly 126 million people who don’t smoke are exposed to second hand smoke. Second hand smoke has a number of effects on the non-smoker.

  • For people who have asthma, smoke can cause severe asthma attacks.
  • It can contribute to respiratory infections including bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Secondhand smoke can also cause heart disease and cancer leading to death in people who do not smoke. Heart disease can lead to heart attacks in patients that otherwise may not have been pre-disposed to suffering one.

Prevention for Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Preventative measures should be taken to avoid secondhand smoke. If someone in the household smokes inside the home, one can ask them to smoke outside. For people who smoke in cars, drive separately, and do not drive with people who smoke while driving. Avoid areas where people are smoking, if at all possible walk as far around them as possible to avoid exposure. If someone you are with is smoking, it’s okay to say please don’t smoke that around me.

Harmful Effects of Smoking

  • Smokers are more likely to get heart disease, have a heart attack, or get cancer.
  • There are many cancer risks involved with smoking, including lung cancer.
  • Not only does smoking pose the threat of health risks, it also can result in unwanted side effects. The cigarettes often leave the smokers’ teeth stained a very distinct yellow.
  • Another unwanted effect of smoking is the odor of the smoke. The smell of smoke attaches itself to everything. The smokers’ hair, clothing, and body will smell of smoke after smoking a cigarette. Wherever the person smokes, it will make everything there smell like smoke. People who smoke in their car are likely to have a car that will smell of smoke, and the same goes for homes.Over the years the government on a national and on a state level has had laws and regulations pertaining to cigarette smoking. In public buildings people are not allowed to smoke. Businesses have a right to allow or deny smoking on their premises. More and more places today are cracking down, trying to get smoke free places.

Smoking Cessation Plans

There are a variety of smoking cessation options available for people who smoke and want to quit. Some of the most common methods that have been around awhile now include nicotine patches, and nicotine gum. These allow the body to have some nicotine in the system, so the person isn’t quitting abruptly. Some people quit cold turkey, which means that they suddenly stop all cigarettes and no longer use nicotine. There are prescription drugs available for people to help stop smoking. Other options people can use to quit smoking include hypnosis, therapy, and health counseling.

Don’t Kid Yourself – Smoking Is Lethal

Smoking contributes to around 400,000 deaths per year. People who smoke are risking serious health problems, and pose a threat to non-smokers health too. Laws and regulations have been placed over the years to help keep the public healthy. For people who do smoke, there are many cessation options available to choose from.

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