7 Awful Facts About Second Hand Smoking
Did you know that second hand smoking or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a mixture of gases and fine particles resulting either from a lighted cigarette or the smoke exhaled by a smoker, the latter being less toxic for others then the first.
Here below are the 7 secondhand smoking facts:
- Secondhand smoke can cause death. It was reported that around 50,000 deaths per year are caused by second hand smoking in the U.S., while in the same time it can trigger and aggravate other health problems including lung cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma.
This is due to the fact that the cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, among which hundreds are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.
- Living with a smoker increases the chance of getting lung cancer by 20% to 30% according to the Surgeon General estimates.Second hand smoke can cause lung cancer even for those who never smoked them self.
- Secondhand smoke is very harmful to children.In infants, it causes 430 sudden death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the U.S. annually. In pregnant women it increases the chances for spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), stillborn birth, low birth-weight baby and delivery problems.
It is also the cause for up to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age.
- Youths who experience second hand smoke at home are two times more likely to become smokers than those not exposed.About 40% of all children around the world are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke at home. Thirty-one per cent of the deaths attributable to second-hand smoke occur in children according to World Health Organization (WHO).
In the United States, 21 million, or 35 percent of children reside in smoking homes where residents or visitors smoke in the home on a regular and approximately 50-75 percent of children have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine, in the blood.
- Around the world more than 94% of people are unprotected by smoke-free laws. Of the 100 most populous cities, 22 are smoke-free, according to WHO.An estimated 46,000 nonsmokers who live with smokers die each year from heart disease in the U.S.
- Second-hand smoke can spread even if the doors between the smoking and non-smoking areas are closed and even if ventilation is provided. Only 100% smoke-free environments provide effective protection.
- There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even low levels of secondhand smoke can be harmful. The only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke is to completely eliminate smoking in indoor spaces.
As you see the facts about secondhand smoking is much more serious than people think, I will be adding more second hand smoking facts as I blog about smoking almost daily. By the way did you know that third hand smoking is also shockingly serious that´s been overlooked.
You might also be interested to read or share my: How to quit smoking book