Second-handsmoke is the smoke that smokers breathe out and from a burningcigarette or a pipe. Smokers directly inhale cigarette’s smokehowever, they put the entire populace at the peril of heart diseasesand cancer through second-hand smoke. The essay expounds on thecontroversies surrounding the issue of second-hand smoking and how itimpacts on the society.
“Smokersbelieve that it is their right and freedom to smoke as the U.S.Constitution provides for the freedom of choice thus, as citizens,they choose to engage in smoking activities”[ CITATION Hua15 l 1033 ].Nevertheless, their rights to smoke infringe other individuals’freedom.Non-smokers and the entire populace are left with no choice, but toinhale the already contaminated air.
Thesecond-hand smoke has over 4,000 chemicals and causes an estimated50,000 deaths of non-smoking adults in the United States, annually[ CITATION Hua15 l 1033 ].Accordingto statistics, over 3,000 nonsmoking persons die as a result ofsecond-hand smoke related diseases[ CITATION Hua15 l 1033 ].Therefore, smokers owe it to the general populaceto be cautious whenever smoking because not all people around themwish to inhale second-hand smoke.
Second-handsmoke has adverse health impacts on pregnant mothers, causespremature birth, sudden infant death syndrome, and miscarriage, amongothers. It also causes cancer, heart diseases, and cataracts amongadults[ CITATION Hua15 l 1033 ].Despite the fact that there aresmoking zones, cigarette smoke, smells and spreads in a wider area.Moreover, these smoking zones are usually within the city hencepassers-by are affected.
Cigarettesare harmful and pose a grave health problem to the entire society. adversely affects non-smokers hence caution mustbe exercised when smoking. As a result, there should be interventionpolicies and regulations that protect the infringement of otherpeople’s rights, regarding second-hand smoke.
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