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SMOKING: Danger Awaits People All Around

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Passive Smoker

In general, everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, but not many people really know and understand why. The danger lies not in the exciting taste of tobacco, but in the burning process that takes place. When tobacco is burned, it also produces more than 6,000 chemicals, most of which have been confirmed as the cause of chronic diseases related to smoking, such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and so on, which can be fatal.

Second-hand smoker

The risk for them to suffer from chronic diseases due to smoking is the same as a smoker. Even more unfortunate, the people most at risk are those who share a home with the smoker.

Third-hand smoker

Those who smell or touch the residue of cigarette smoke that sticks to object such as cloth, bed, etc.

Alternatives cigarette

Alternatives do not burn, so only steam or 'vapour' is produced, instead of harmful smoke.

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Cigarette are harmful

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Lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are attributable to passive smoking
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Deaths are recorded every year from exposure

Reprimanding smokers to change their habits is not easy. Often we are told to take care of the edges of our own clothes, with the reason that their habits are only harmful to ourselves. Unfortunately, it can not only affect the health of the smoker, but also the people around who smell the smoke from the cigarette.

These people are called passive smokers. The risk for them to suffer from chronic diseases due to smoking is the same as a smoker. Even more unfortunate, the people most at risk are those who share a home with the smoker. 

More than 3,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are attributable to passive smoking. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of developing asthma, ear infections and learning problems and developmental delays. If the baby is exposed to cigarette smoke, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awaits. All this because the lungs of babies and children are not yet fully functional, as strong as adults.

Another new term related to passive smokers is third-hand smokers, i.e. those who smell or touch the residue of cigarette smoke that sticks to clothes, beds, furniture or even human skin, where particles of poisonous chemicals still exist. According to the Malaysian Ministry of Health, this residue called secondhand smoke can stick around for up to two years, with the same risk as a passive smoker. A study by Universiti Sains Malaysia shows that more than 600,000 deaths are recorded every year from exposure to stale cigarette smoke!.

The only way to get rid of this stale smoke residue is to wash and clean surfaces exposed to cigarette smoke as often as possible. While to avoid people around you becoming passive smokers is to smoke cigarettes as far as possible from them. But remember, stale smoke can still stick to your clothes, for you to take home to your loved ones at home. So it may be better to switch to an alternative that does not involve the combustion process such as electronic cigarettes or ‘heated tobacco’. Since these alternatives do not burn, so only steam or ‘vapour’ is produced, instead of harmful smoke.

But if you really love them, maybe it’s time for you to really quit smoking. It’s not fair if you’re the only one who’s good, but the people around you are the ones who hurt. Imagine the faces of your wife, children and beloved family members, lying stiff in a hospital bed, as a result of the empty favors you hunted. Don’t get knocked down before you get high!

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