Health & Medical Addiction & Recovery

The Health Hazards Associated With Passive Smoking

If you wish to smoke cigarettes or cigars despite the associated health risks then that is your own personal choice. What you do not have the right to do is force other people to inhale the smoke from the tobacco products you choose to use, which is why their use in public places is strictly prohibited in many industrialized countries including the United States. Despite an awareness of the reasons behind these public restrictions a shocking number of parents who smoke still choose to light up in the presence of their children without regard for their health. This fact is astounding given that there is scientific research which proves that passive smoking can lead to numerous diseases and is the third leading cause of preventable death in children here in the United States.

Various Diseases And Ailments

Every time you light up a cigar or cigarette in the presence of someone else you are putting them at increased risk of cancer, Crohn's disease and respiratory diseases such as asthma or bronchitis. You are also making it more likely that the people who are passively smoking because of your tobacco product will develop cardiovascular ailments as well as increasing their chances of getting nose, throat and ear infections. Passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children who may not be aware of the dangers they face when they breathe in second hand smoke. Perhaps the most disturbing fact about passive smoking is that it increases the chance of a young child dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Unfortunately these warnings about passive smoking are not simply the hysterical paranoia of politically correct people who want to control the world and everything in it. The dangers of passive smoking are real and there is clinical research to prove them. Therefore if you are a smoker it would be erroneous on your behalf to dismiss the hazards of passive smoking and continue to smoke in the presence of your children, relatives or anybody else.

What You Can Do

If you are worried about harming the health of your loved ones through passive smoking then you have two options. The most sensible decision you can make is to stop smoking altogether. This would improve your health as well as that of those you love and would also put more cash in your pocket. If you are not yet ready to give up smoking then the least you can do is go into your back yard or another outdoor place when you smoke. If you really must have a cigarette then be responsible about it. Have a cigar or cigarette only in an environment where other people are not going to have to breathe in your smoke.

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