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Passive smoking and how it harms you



Passive smoking is the smoke you are exposed to when you are with cigarettes or other tobacco. On World No Tobacco Day 2018 we talk about health risks of passive smoking or passive smoking. Every year, May 31 is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day. The day should raise awareness of how dangerous smoking can be for your health. Passive smoking or passive smoking is bad for you, even if you do not smoke yourself. If you are near a person who smokes a cigarette, most of the smoke will not go into your lungs. The majority of smoke penetrates into the air, which breathes you or someone near you. This is the reason why smoking is prohibited in public spaces. Despite the authorities' efforts to keep people from smoking in public, many people are still vulnerable to secondhand smoke. This is especially for children who live with smoking parents. Even though smokers try to be cautious about where to light a cigarette, it may not be helpful for the people around them.

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World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31
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How can I passively smoke?

Passive or secondhand smoke can be caused by cigar, cigarette or pipe. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds, of which about 250 are hazardous to health. Secondhand smoke can increase lung cancer risk by about 30%. Passive smoking is also bad for the health of the heart.

Smoking makes your blood stickier and increases the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. It can damage the lining of blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Secondhand smoke is just as harmful as light smoking
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Risks of passive smoking in children

Children are at a higher risk of secondhand smoke because their bodies are still growing physically. They breathe faster than adults. In passive or passive smoking, children are at an increased risk of SIDS, respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis, frequent and severe asthma attacks, chronic cough and ear infections.

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Passive smoking is extremely harmful to children
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Smoking during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for the developing baby. It can increase the risk of prematurity and a low birth weight. Smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of SIDS and reduce the mental capacity of the child. The child may also experience learning and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) issues. The more cigarettes a mother smokes, the greater the risk to her baby.

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How to prevent passive smoking

The best way to prevent passive or passive smoking is not to be in contact with people who smoke. You can also try to ask smokers around you to quit smoking. If you live with a person who smokes, you can make it a rule that she has to go as far away from other people as possible to smoke. It is extremely important to keep your house free of smoke, especially if you have children. Children should be kept away from smoking to reduce the risk of developing respiratory infections, cancer, asthma and many other serious health conditions.

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Passive smoking contains high concentrations of ammonia, nicotine, benzene, carbon monoxide and many carcinogens. A light smoker and a passive smoker are at the same health risks. During the first of their lives, children of smoking parents have more respiratory infections and hospitalizations for bronchitis and pneumonia compared to children of parents who do not smoke. Passive smoking can cause nausea, headaches, eye irritation and nasal mucous membranes in health workers.

However, many questions about passive smoking remain unanswered. Lung cancer deaths due to exposure to environmental tobacco smoke are estimated to be approximately 5,000 among non-smokers annually.

Disclaimer: This content contains only general information. It is not a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own physician for more information. NDTV assumes no responsibility for this information.


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