Second Hand Smoking


SecondHand Smoking

SecondHand Smoke

Second-hand smoke refers to fumes exhaled by people smoking and theninhaled by those nearby (Robinson, 2015). It could also arise fromburning tobacco. The consensus around passive smoke is that it harmsthose exposed to it. However, many people overlook this fact leadingto diseases arising from exposure to these fumes over a long time.The harmful effects of passive smoke include presence ofcancer-causing chemicals, making workplaces undesirable and it is athreat to the lives of vulnerable groups.

Tobaccosmoke has around seventy cancer-causing chemicals (Robinson, 2015).Hence, as one unknowingly inhales it, they are exposed to thesecarcinogenic substances thereby increasing the risk of developingthis disease. Smokers will argue that they do so knowing the effectsof smoking. However, the wellbeing of bystanders is of importancesince they tend to suffer more from exposure to this smoke.

Passivesmoke also contributes to undesirable workplaces. For instance,people working in public places like restaurants tend to have ahigher exposure to this smoke, especially in countries lacking strictregulations on this matter. Smokers could argue that restricting thisleisure activity is an affront to their rights. However, the adverseeffects of this activity make it a necessity to ban it in publicspaces to protect the health of potential victims.

Inaddition to the above points, the effects of this smoke on vulnerablegroups like children could be life threatening (Robinson, 2015). Thebreathing rate of children is higher in comparison to that of adults.Hence, in the case of exposure to passive smoke, they tend to inhalemore based on their relatively higher breathing rate. Consequently,it exposes them to conditions like chronic coughs, ear infections,and even asthma attacks.

Inconclusion, it is evident that second-hand smoke is a danger tomembers of the society. Its negative effects include the presence ofcarcinogenic chemicals, destruction of work places and its negativeeffects on the health of the children and the aged. Although peopleare entitled to this leisure, its effects on the larger societyshould put into consideration. Hence, passive smoking is harmful tothe society.


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