World No Tobacco Day: Passive Smoking Is Worse!By Sanya Bajaj - 30 April 2018
Almost every one of us has heard that smoking is injurious for health, in fact the government puts advisories everywhere possible! But often the worse effects are for the person standing next to the smoker indulging in passive smoking.
The aim of World No Tobacco Day is to create awareness about the dangerous effects of smoking on your health. So, on this occasion we will let you know about some important things about passive smoking and how harmful it is for us.
What is Passive Smoking?
Whenever you stand near a person who smokes, the breathe they exhale out in the air is Passive smoking. It is harmful for both who smoke and the one who do not. We generally think that if anyone is lighting a cigarette near us, it hardly have any effect on our body. But, the truth is that it has harmful results on you too. So, what’s the difference between you and an active smoker? When a person near you inhales a cigarette the maximum smoke does not go inside his lungs, it enters in the air which you breathe. Though smoking is banned in many areas, but there are many people who are getting affected by its passive consequences. So, it is very important for you to understand the value of your health and how you can avoid these problems.
Effects of Passive Smoking:
1. Increase the chances of Lung Cancer.
2. It can result in premature death among non-smokers.
3. Raise the risk of coronary heart disease.
4. It causes respiratory problems like bronchitis or asthma.
5. Smoking can also irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
Effects on Pregnancy:
Many women smoke during pregnancy which is not good as both Passive and active Smoking Increase the Risk of:
1. Miscarriage and stillbirth
2. Premature birth
3. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
4. Complications during birth
Effects on Children:
1. It can cause respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis.
2. Children who stay at home where people smoke; they are more prone to getting cold and cough.
3. Lungs become weaker and do not grow properly.
4. Increase the chances of asthma attacks.
5. School children who smoke face difficulty in breathing.
How to prevent Passive Smoking?
1. Don’t let anyone smoke in your car and home.
2. Try to take your children at no smoking areas.
3. Try to make your close ones quit smoking.
4. Do not stand around people who are smoking.
5. If your partner smokes make it a rule to send him out to smoke.
6. Make sure that if you keep any caretaker for your children, he should be a non smoker.
So, are you ready to take all these steps in future to avoid serious health problems?