Chapter 3: Second Hand Smoke
Second hand smoke is known to exacerbate, or worsen certain diseases such as asthma, respiratory infections and cancer. In other words, your second hand smoke can make a sick person even sicker. If this wasn't bad enough, second hand smoke can also make a healthy person sick as shown in the following list. (United States figures)
If you stop and think about the list above for just one moment, you'll not only realize how unjust this is, you'll begin to realize why all of the indoor smoking laws are being created across the United States and the rest of the World.
Second hand smoke can be identified in two different categories:
Sidestream Smoke, which is the smoke produced at the tip of the cigarette that is not inhaled by a smoker.
Mainstream Smoke, which is the smoke inhaled and exhaled by a smoker.
Because sidestream smoke is produced at a lower temperature than mainstream smoke, it gives off even larger amounts of illness-causing substances. If you have ever looked closely at sidestream smoke compared to exhaled smoke, you have actually seen the difference. Sidestream smoke is more opaque and harder to see through.
More ETS Facts:
Read through the lists below and remember that we are talking about people that do not smoke. They simply live their lives around people who do smoke. The results on nonsmokers living in such an environment cause the following problems:
Short Term Effects of ETS on Nonsmokers
Long Term Effects of ETS on Nonsmokers
Fact: A nonsmoker who is living with a smoker has a 30% greater risk of developing lung cancer than a nonsmoker living with a nonsmoker.
Hopefully this will make you think twice when you decide to light up around people who do not smoke. When they say that their main complaint is the awful smell, I think they are being quite generous. Some nonsmokers will come right out and tell you that you are killing them by smoking around them. Now you know that they are not only serious, they are right!
Second hand smoke is a serious issue which has come into the spotlight over the last several years. Most smokers have simply ignored the facts that we discussed above. We told the non-smokers to, "Live with it," or to just go elsewhere. How fair is that?
Finally, let's not forget the children. Kids and infants don't have the freedom to just go away.and if you tell them to live with it, guess what; they don't have a choice but to inhale your lethal second-hand smoke. If you take anything away from this ebook, remember to get away from children if you are going to smoke!
Although this was a short chapter, you should realize now how important the issue of second hand smoke really is. Again, think about who is around you when you smoke and think about the effects your second hand smoke is having on them.
Think About This When You Smoke:
Be completely aware of your surroundings and the people or animals that are around you when you smoke. Think about what you are doing to them without their consent and remember that the toxic chemicals will linger in the air for hours after you extinguish your cigarette.