Second hand smoking: Why put others in danger?
Would you believe me if I were to tell you second-hand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United states each year and approximately 3,400 from lung cancer and 22,700 through 69,600 from heart disease. Believe it or not it’s very much true. Second-hand smoke is a combination of the side stream smoke that flows directly from the burning end of a cigarette and the mainstream smoke that non smokers inhale and then exhale. The process of breathing other people’s smoke is called ‘passive smoking’. I don’t think it’s fair at all that “smokers” can smoke where ever they want on the school campus. I can understand that tobacco use is a way to cope with stress, but what about us who aren’t smokers? Second hand smoking causes many difficulties for non smokers. Eye irritations, headache, coughing, sore throat, dizziness and nausea are just a couple of affects for short term exposure. Long term exposure causes cancer, heart problems and even death. Why put someone else’s life in harm over your own foolish habits?
Smokers don’t realize how harmful it is for others around who don’t smoke. There have been several times that I’ve had to walk through a group of smokers just to get to class and by the time I’m in the building I’ve had to take a deep breath of fresh air just to get of my sore throat.
There are over 4000 chemical compounds in second hand smoking and 50 of those chemicals causes cancer. I don’t know about you but tome that’s a very large number! Secondhand smoke may be more dangerous than earlier thought, blood clotting and damaging the walls of blood vessels within minutes of exposure.
I understand that smoking is a must for some people and that it is very difficult to give up. I really believe that smokers need to start thinking about other people health. This is real believe it or not. People die every day from seond-hand smoking; something that really isn’t even their...