The Dangers of Passive Smoking

In the last post, we focused on the dangers of smoking. It has been established that smoking is undeniably dangerous for the smoker, and will eventually lead to many complications and diseases, not the least of these being lung cancer. However, have we ever stopped to consider other people who may also be affected by smoking?

Passive smoking or second-hand smoking is the other form of smoking that more people need to be aware of. It is the inhaling of cigarette fumes and ea smoker’s exhalation by other people in the area. Although the first crop of carcinogens have been absorbed by the smoker, second-hand smoke nonetheless carries just as much toxic materials and carcinogens to the next person in the room.

Often the victims of second-hand smoke are the smoker’s children. While some smokers might consider this harmless, what they don’t know is they’ve officially just introduced nicotine, tar, and other carcinogens into the child’s system. To top this, second-hand smoke also carries the same addictive properties of cigarette smoking, so essentially the child is now gradually made to crave cigarettes, and will likely take up the nasty habit earlier than others.

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