Secondhand Smoke, A Threat to Everyone!

Chris’ friend Archie always lights up a cigarette every time he has a chance to smoke while having a coffee break, before and after going inside the office, even at home. Chris was so worried both for his friend’s health and for his own due to the effects of secondhand smoke. He’s not sure if Archie knows that smoking addiction could tremendously affect the health of people when he smokes around. But he recommended his colleague to try addiction center rehabilitation.

Yes, we all know that smoking is a bad habit, but we should be responsible enough to know if we can affect some people whenever we burn cigars into a public place. It may seem pretty harmless that smoke comes from cigars and from the smokers exhale do you know that this contains thousands of chemicals. It includes cancer-causing carcinogenic compounds and other toxins – from ammonia to cyanide. High absorption of many of these chemicals is found in secondhand smoke. These secondhand smoking increases persons’ risk for:


Inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer. Roughly 3,000 lung cancer patients die each year among adult nonsmokers in the United States as an effect of exposure to secondhand smoke. US Surgeon General says that living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker’s probability of developing lung cancer by 20-30 percent. Some study also suggests that it may increase the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer and nasal sinus cavity cancer.

Respiratory symptoms and infections

Children might have more frequent and severe coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath, pneumonia bronchitis, and even ear infections.


Secondhand smoke is a well-known asthma trigger. It can damage the lungs and can worsen breathing problems. Children exposed to smokers may tend to have flare-ups.

Heart diseases

It increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 30%, the leading cause of death in the United States. Indication quickly accumulating that the cardiovascular system-  heart rate variability, atherosclerosis, energy metabolism, and inflammation- is intricately sensitive to the chemicals in secondhand smoking.

Pregnancy Risk

According to the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), women exposed to secondhand smoke had a significantly increased risk of hostile pregnancy effects, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, and miscarriage. Newly born babies may also die from Sudden Infant Syndrome (DIDS). For this reason, women that are pregnant are advised to avoid environments where heavy local, state, and national governments have legislated some laws intended to protect people from health hazards related to secondhand smoke. They suggested that if you can’t handle it anymore, you visit the nearest addiction center rehabilitation. Seemingly, quitting smoking is the best way to protect your family and friends from secondhand smoke.  There are lots of programs, support groups and even treatment medications are available to aid smokers to break the habit. Just be responsible enough while smoking so that you cannot harm others.

Now, he knows his responsibility for smoking. He quit smoking because he turns to addiction center rehabilitation, to help himself and to be educated. Chris is so glad about what happened to him. He can now breathe an awful lot better and the risk of having him a disease and to the people who surround him and he remember this quote “Cigarette smoking is dangerous to everyone’s health”.

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