Passive Smoking Kills
Are you a smoker? No! Wow!
But we bet you still smoke!
You unintentionally become a (passive) smoker when you are near someone who is smoking, and inhale the smoke coming out from his tobacco usage. Even if one family member smokes in the house, it spoils the air quality for all the others and turns them into passive smokers!
Passive Smoking Spells Doom
Alarming facts show that non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoking are as much at risk as smokers. They are 20-30% more likely to develop lifestyle diseases that can be fatal. Infants, children, pregnant women and elderly are most vulnerable to passive smoking.
The tobacco smoke contains 7000 different harmful chemicals, out of which 70 can cause cancer. Imagine how harmful inhaling this smoke can be!
- Cancer: Passive smoking is deadly for your body and especially for your lungs! Even a brief exposure to secondhand smoke can affect your cells and make you prone to various cancers. It can cause cancer of lungs, liver, brain, larynx, pharynx, nasal sinuses, bladder, rectum, stomach and breast. It is also linked to lymphoma, leukaemia, liver cancer and brain tumours in children.
- Cardiovascular Diseases: Second-hand smoke can damage the blood vessel lining and makes the blood platelets stickier. It affects the functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems in ways that increase the risk of having a heart attack.
- SIDS: Second hand smoke contains harmful chemicals that can damage the brain of infants that interferes with their breathing. Nicotine reaches their little lungs and becomes responsible for many cases of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- ADHD: When children are exposed to involuntary smoking every day, they are at risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- COPD & Asthma: Second hand smoke is associated with the development of COPD and triggering asthma attacks- both in children and adults.
- Cataracts: Research says that a passive smoker stands at a higher risk of developing cataract.
- Complications in Child Birth: Women who smoke or are exposed to second hand smoke during pregnancy are more likely to face complications in child birth, miscarriage and poor child health of the new born.
- Stroke: Exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of death and disability from stroke by 20 to 30 percent.
- Middle ear disease: Second hand smoke can also cause acute middle ear disease in kids, leaving them in severe pain.
It is evident that even if you are a non-smoker but someone around you smokes, you are neck deep in trouble as your smoker friend. So why risk your life when it’s not your habit? Speak up and protest tobacco use. After all, what they do, is unintentionally affecting your health.