The harms of passive smoking

The harms of passive smoking
 The harms of passive smoking


Passive smoking:


 Passive smoking is inhaling the smell of smoke emitted from other people's cigarettes, or smoke emitted from the exhalation of smokers, so passive smoking is considered indirect smoking, so it poses an explicit and great danger to the health of the individual, especially children, where studies have proven that six thousand people die around the year At an early age due to their exposure to early smoking, and it should be noted that frequent smoking in a closed room leads to the formation of a low smoke cloud, and it is important to know that cigarette smoke accumulates at the level of smokers and those sitting, due to the rapid loss of their temperature, so they cannot rise to the top .

Disadvantages of passive smoking:

 Among the negative effects of smoking are the following:

  1. Damage to fetuses and pregnant women

  • It affects the normal and healthy development of fetuses. 
  • It increases the rate of sudden fetal death, and thus increases the rate of miscarriage for pregnant women.
  • Increases complications during childbirth.
  • It causes premature birth, and leads to the birth of low-weight babies.

   2.harm to children

 It is important to know that 31% of the causes of death for children are due to inhalation of smoke emitted from cigarettes, and the resulting damages are as follows:
  • Causes sudden death in newborns.
  • Asthma symptoms worsen. 
  • Children have a range of respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections, and these infections increase in incidence in children under one and a half years.
  • Children are more likely to have many symptoms such as phlegm, cough, shortness of breath, as well as wheezing.
  • Passive smoking causes children to smoke.
The harms of passive smoking
 The harms of passive smoking


Damage to non-smokers

  •  Increased risk of heart disease, as well as atherosclerosis. 
  •  Lack of vitamins, especially those antioxidants, in the blood.
  • An imbalance in the regulation of blood vessels for blood flow.
  •  Raises the viscosity of the blood, and thus increases the risk of clots, as well as strokes and heart attacks.
  • The incidence of some types of cancers such as cancer of the sinuses, breast, and larynx increases, and also works on losing lung functions in the long term, and the chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases.
  • Reduces the fertility rate in men, and weakens their ability to have children.

Reducing passive smoking

 To reduce passive smoking, do the following:

  • Avoid smoking inside the house, and ask guests not to smoke in the house.
  • Not to smoke inside the car or indoor places. 
  • Keeping children and pregnant women away from smoking areas.
  • Finding special corners for smokers, especially in public places and restaurants. 
  •  Stay away from places where there are smokers. 
  • Imposing penalties on anyone who smokes in closed places.

References :-"Passive smoking", www.cancerresearchuk.org

                      -"Secondhand smoke damage", www.mayoclinic.org