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Secondhand Smoke Facts
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Secondhand Smoke Facts

  • Fact: Secondhand smoke kills more than six hundred thousand people each and every year.
  • Fact: Around one hundred sixty five thousand of those people are children under the age of 5.
  • Fact: Around 90% of the children exposed to secondhand smoke are exposed to it by their own parents.
  • Fact: There are at least 69 known cancer causing carcinogens in second hand smoke.
  • Fact: There is not a safe exposure level to secondhand smoke. Any exposure can cause health risk.

I know some of these facts are shocking and even disturbing to many people. I know other people will shrug their shoulders and say "Oh well, my father smoked for 40 years and he never got lung cancer." Whether you're a smoker or not tho it's best if you fully understand the risks and dangers of secondhand smoke.

As an ex smoker who smoked for around 20 years (3 years smoke free) I do understand the intense and overwhelming cravings that people have for cigarettes but you have to ask yourself, is it worth dying for?

As a man who loves freedom I think that it's a person's decision to smoke if they so choose as long as they are doing it in such a way that they are not putting other people's health at risk. Please view this as an education that might help you save the lives of your family and those around you, not as an attack on you as a smoker

What Is Mainstream Smoke?

Mainstream smoke is the smoke that a smoke ex-hails. It is a common misconception that this smoke is no longer dangerous. It is often thought that all of the harmful toxins are absorbed by the smoker. The truth is that main stream smoke is slightly less toxic but it's still very deadly. Exposure to any cigarette smoke is toxic and can cause serious and immediate health risk.

What Is Sidestream Smoke?

Sidestream smoke is the smoke that come off the of the lit end of the cigarette. The name main stream smoke sounds like it should be the worse of the two but side stream smoke has not had any of the chemical compounds removed either from passing through a filter or from the smokers lungs.

The particles in side stream smoke are also smaller and more easily absorbed by the lungs. Either of the two types of secondhand smoke should always be avoided at all cost. They are both toxic and will cause you heath problems.

What Are The Dangers Of Secondhand Smoke?

Secondhand smoke contains more than seven thousand chemical compounds. At least sixty nine of those are known for a fact to cause cancer. All secondhand smoke causes muscle constriction, this is due to the nicotine in the smoke. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which basically means that it constricts the blood vessels in the muscles. This causes a reaction much like being frightened. This leads to increased heart rate and high blood pressure.

The dangers of second hand smoke are many and the risk to non smokes can be even worse than it is for a smoker because a smokers builds up an immunity. It is thought to be more dangerous to a non smoker who is subjected to secondhand smoke an a regular basis because it takes time before the body recognizes the need to increase the immune system.

The Health Risks Of Second Hand Smoke To Children

  • lung cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • stomach cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • mouth cancer
  • throat cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • heart disease
  • still born birth
  • underweight birth
  • reduced sperm count
  • asthma
  • respiratory infection.

The effects of secondhand smoke on kids are pretty much the same as for adults. Children are at the greatest risk of this because as an adult if you don't like the second hand smoke you can get up and leave. A child often does not have the ability to leave especially if your talking about a young child or infant. Children's immune systems are also not fully developed, this can make the health risk much more likely to effect a child.

This is a fact that many people have a hard time wrapping their head around. If you smoke or are subjected to second hand smoke on a regular basis it will kill you. I'm not saying there is a chance it will kill you. I'm not even saying it's likely to kill you. I'm saying it WILL KILL YOU!

Please don't let this happen to your child. Even if you continue to smoke don't subject those you love especially your children to the secondhand smoke. You should no more be subjecting your children to this than you should be letting them eat rat poison.

Thanks for reading. Leave your comments below!


Street Talk

I read your article this morning and it is impressive. What came into my mind when I read the article was how humans commit suicide by installments. I sympathize with their` situation. You seem to have provided a solution to those willing to reform and thus enjoying good heath. Thank you very much

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  about 7 years ago

That's about the best way I have ever heard anyone put it, suicide by installments. Would you mind if I borrowed that saying for a future article? My situation is rough but I'm one of the lucky ones. A lot of people never find out until it's to late. I have chenged so many thing in my life since all of my problems began and I now live a much healthier life.

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  about 7 years ago

You have just made my day by my suicide by installments statement. My imagination tells me that I have equally made your day although subject to confirmation. Your article seems to have been of much help to you and that you are extending this help to humanity. You will only succeed by installments. That is my guarantee to you and you can take it to the bank for for all purposes and intentions....... I salute you Ty Johnson.

  
  about 7 years ago

I have written many articles on this subject and intend to write many more. My goal is to at least inform people about the dangers of smoking so that at least if you're going to smoke you won't be flying blind. The cigarette companies go to great lengths to prevent you from learning the real truth about what smoking does to you and they try very hard to down play it and install a mentality in people that says meh smoking is not that bad or where people actually make fun of the dangers. Well it's no laughing mater to me or anyone who has ever suffered ill health effects caused by smoking. I am all for freedom to choose but it's only right that people know what they are choosing. The suicide by installments was awesome. If it's alright with you I may title one of my blog post by it.

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  about 7 years ago

You seem to have been continuously fascinated by my suicide by installments issue and does not seem to get out of your mind for the greater part of the day. May it please to write a blog on that subject matter and let me see it. You realize that I a write about health matters particularly diabetes and their natural alternative remedies. I noted well in advance how western medicine kill us by installments. I would like you to help me answer this question. "why should doctors continue feeding diabetics with insulin instead of treating the pancreas to produce is own insulin?" There will come a time when patients will treat doctors and Iam leading the way from the front. Thank you very much.

  
  about 7 years ago

That's simple, the pharmaceutical companies make more money by treating our symptoms rather than treating the core of the problem and doctors get kick backs on it.

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  about 7 years ago

I cannot agree more than with your one sentence statement

  
  about 7 years ago

I hate the way the medical profession is ran. People don't realize that the pharmaceutical companies are the wealthiest or most powerful corporations on the planet. I also believe they are responsible for all of the nasty crap that gets added to the food these days. They add things that are known for a fact to cause cancer and yet the FDA tells us it's safe to eat. They make so much money treating the problems caused by the poor diet people eat now. I also believe this goes back decades when people were being told it's ok to eat low fat and all the sugar you want. They have done everything they can to hinder the research and confuse the public as to what's healthy and what's not.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you very much for supporting what I believe.

  
  about 7 years ago

Your belief is becoming more and more understood with the internet making it impossible for anyone to completely hinder the spread of this knowledge.

  
  about 7 years ago

I am the same...an ex-smoker and proud of it...I finally made it...7 years this time....I made it 9 the first time........it is not easy but it is something every smoker should do...as people age they will find this out for themselves as they get these cancers and other diseases....I will never smoke cigarettes again....Oddly enough I can hardly believe I ever did now.....great article

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  about 7 years ago

Yeah I'm the same way. I can't believe I ever smoked. I guess that's what being young and uninformed will do to you. I can't even stand the smell of them anymore and when I see someone smoking I just want to impart all of my new found knowledge into their brains so that if they are going to smoke they are at least making an informed decision. I hate cigarettes and what they do to people!.

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  about 7 years ago

Me too...I think they should be illegal....maybe we should start a movement....sounds dangerous though....we could be bigger than M.A.D.D. WHAT TO CALL IT??? PACS:PEOPLE AGAINST CIGARETTE SMOKING-- -PATS:PEOPLE AGAINST TOBACCO SMOKING-—HATS:HUMANS AGAINST TOBACCO SMOKING

  
  about 7 years ago

I think people should have the right to choose for their selves whether or not they want to smoke and honestly making them illegal would only spring up a black market making it all that much easier for children to get their hands on it. I think education is the key. If people know what cigarettes do to the body maybe they would be less likely to use them.

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  about 7 years ago

you are right about this and I agree with you......I really do not enjoy associations like M.A.D.D. and think it should also be by choice....thanks..

  
  about 7 years ago

I agree with M.A.D.D I have no problem with people drinking I used to drink a fair bit myself but when people decide to get behind the wheel of a 2500-3000 pound vehicle while drunk nothing good can come of that. I think the strict laws against it much of which was due to M.A.D.D are not only a good thing but an absolute must. A group that would educate people of the dangers of smoking would be great. I mean sure we have government warnings but those are a joke. We need a way to make it very clear what smoking does to people and make sure that that information reaches everyone at a very early age. I also think it would be great to educate parents of the dangers of subjecting their children to secondhand smoke. I honestly don't think anyone who loves their child and knows the dangers of smoking would smoke around their child.

  
  about 7 years ago
Dom Wells  

i think the reason most of us start smoking is because they taste so terrible! we experiment at some point, to look cool, or sophisticated, or macho (the list goes on) and they taste disgusting, but we think "wow, that was horrible, i'm never going to get addicted to them" so a few weeks later we think "I guess it is fine to have another because they taste so bad"...we really do work hard to get addicted!

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  about 7 years ago

Some of the Information in your article, I did not even know. Thanks for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago

It's amazing what you learn when you get cancer and start doing research. I never know any of these things either.

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  about 7 years ago

Great article, unfortunately the children have no choice in whether they become exposed or not. It's so important that smokers become aware and protect the children

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Sue, I hope this article reaches some smokers so that they become educated and stop doing it. Our health is so important and to have your health put at risk as a child especially when it's completely avoidable is a real shame.

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  about 7 years ago
Anindo  

i have been excessively exposed to second hand smoke from the last 11 years. Most of my friends smoke and sometimes I have to stay away from them to manage. I fully endorse your views

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  about 7 years ago

I don't think most people even realize how they are putting others at risk. Maybe now you can explain it to them so they might at least not smoke around other non smokers.

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  about 7 years ago

Great article Ty. I also was exposed to second hand smoke as a child and likewise became addicted. I think I was about 13! Even though it took decades to be free of it I never, ever smoked in the presence of my children. Thank God none of them ever tried it!

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  about 7 years ago

Smart man Jim. secondhand smoke is very addictive, just as addictive as smoking yourself in fact. That's why children who are exposed are twice as likely to become smokers, well I assume the monkey see monkey do thing plays a role, we all know our children do what we do whether they want to admit it or now but I honestly feel it's because of the addiction factor.

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  about 7 years ago

Good read Ty, how would someone looking to stop go about it?

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  about 7 years ago

Well Nicorette worked very well for me, it was hard but it worked. I tried going cold turkey twice, it lasted 1 year the first time and 6 months the second but my Doctor says it worked for him. There is the patch of course which a friend of mine is using now. I would have to say that either of these methods is doable. I do think that electronic cigarettes can be a great way to quit smoking even if the FDA has not approved it as an official smoking cessation device. There are different levels of nicotine ranging from high to zero. If I had this device when I was quitting I would have used a step down plan until I reached zero nicotine. many people do choose to keep smoking the e cig but I have to recommend against it because nicotine in and of it's self is bad for you but if a person does stay on the e cig at least there are not all of the carcinogens of the cigarettes

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

I lost 3 close family members due to their chain smoking. I feel passionate about this topic. Strong message in your article Ty. Good!

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  about 7 years ago

Almost everyone I talk to has lost someone or is suffering from health problems due top smoking. I am trying very hard to pass the word about this and help people quit smoking.

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  about 7 years ago

I can't stand to be around anyone who smokes. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! My mother's death was due to smoking.. When I see someone smoking. I ask...Have you seen the anti smoking commercial?

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  about 7 years ago

I know what you mean. I can't stand the smell of them anymore. The anti smoking commercials are great but I think most people are going to need more than just a raised awareness. People need help, as a non smoker you may not realize how hard it is to give those little death sticks up but I can assure you it's amazingly hard to even consider the thought much less put it into motion. Send them to my website and let them know that their is help for them to quit. Most people want to quit but feel it's hopeless.

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  about 7 years ago

Ty you are so right. The clear message is DON'T SMOKE, I really can't understand anyone that still does. gayle

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  about 7 years ago

People grow up around it and get hooked before they know how bad it is for them. Once you start it's one of the hardest things in the world to quit. My goal is to educate people on the health risk and help them formulate a plan to quit smoking or if they refuse to give up nicotine I want to at least provide a healthier way to get their fix. Electronic cigarettes is a great alternative to tobacco cigarettes. I will not say they are healthy but they are healthier.

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  about 7 years ago
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