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The Dangers Of Secondhand Smoke

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 9:52 pm    Post subject: The Dangers Of Secondhand Smoke  Reply with quote

The Dangers Of Secondhand Smoke

Stroke, cancer, respiratory issues, heart disease: Those are just some the consequences of smoking but they're also the consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke, sometimes called environmental tobacco smoke, comes from two sources: burning cigarettes and the smoke exhaled by smokers. It doesn't just increase the risk of health issues in anyone exposed to it: It also kills more than 41,000 people each year.

Secondhand smoke contains at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals that affect children, adults and even pets. And the effects, or chemical levels, accumulate in every age group infants to the elderly with increased exposure. Children are especially at risk: About 37 percent of children in the U.S. have already been exposed.

Health risks to people include:
Asthma, respiratory, lung, and ear infections
Increased level of illness
Sudden infant death syndrome in infants and children
Lower respiratory tract infections
Childhood asthma flare-ups
The risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, and possibly other cancers, as well as the possibility of depression.

Take these four steps to avoid or minimize exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Make your home a smoke-free zone. If you or someone in your family smokes, insist that all smoking take place outside in a designated spot away from other people.
2. Make your car a smoke-free zone, too. Rolling down the window will not lessen the effects of secondhand smoke.
3. Find a smoke-free daycare or childcare center for your children.
4. If you can, visit designated smoke-free restaurants, bars and other businesses. Designated "no smoking" sections in businesses do not stop the spread of secondhand smoke. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive smoke-free laws. Check to see if your state has smoke-free laws.

Any time you can lessen your exposure to secondhand smoke benefits your health. Remember: There is no safe level of exposure.

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