Definition and Description
Second-hand smoke which is also known as passive smoking happens when a person inhaled air pollutants coming from tobacco products. American Lung Association stated that there are at least 4,000 toxic chemicals found in tobacco. Out of these 4,000 are 40 cancer-causing chemicals like the following:
- carbon monoxide
- hydrogen cyanide
- vinyl chloride
Smokers inhale these substances directly and people who do not smoke inhale these in an indirect manner. The result: second-hand smoking or passive smoking.
According to the statistics released by the American Lung Association, 50,000 deaths annually are associated to second-hand smoking. There are no limits when it pertains to this issue—it can trigger heart attack or an exacerbation during a brief exposure to these chemicals. More seriously, it can cause premature death on both children and adults who don’t even smoke.
The steps below can help you with the prevention of second-hand smoking:
- Do not permit anyone to smoke inside your home, office or car. You can explain the smoke-free policy in your home to anyone who visits and if these people really care about you, they will support your house rules. Tell smokers to do their smoking outside your home and away from open windows or doors.
- Do not go to places or smoking areas but just in case you can’t avoid it, at least find a spot that is well-ventilated.
- Suggest to a loved one who smokes to quit their bad habit and should they need help or support, you can offer it to them. You can also enrol them in support groups and ask advice to your physician or health worker.