Breathing In Death Essay

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Breathing in Death There is nothing like taking a walk on a nice day and attempting to take a deep breath of what fresh air we may have left in this world, only to inhale the smoke exhaled by the person in front of you. Not only is that disgusting and annoying, but how unfair is that to non-smokers and children? Secondhand smoke (SHS), also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), is the combination of smoke given off by the burning end of a tobacco product and the smoke exhaled by the smoker. Exposure to SHS is also called involuntary smoking, or passive smoking. SHS has many effects to our health, but we are going to focus on its causes of lung cancer in nonsmokers. The effects of tobacco smoke are just as bad, if not worse, in nonsmokers as in smokers. All of the risks for smokers also hold truth for exposure to second hand smoke. Secondhand smoke is said to “contain more than 50 cancer-causing chemicals” (National Toxicology Program. Report on Carcinogens). These chemicals are harmful to both the smoker and to others around. These “cancer –causing agents, also known as carcinogens, in tobacco smoke damage important genes that control the growth of cells causing them to grow abnormally or to reproduce too rapidly. It is lethal and it is dangerous, if people aren’t going to think about their own health, at least they should be considerate of the people’s health around them, most importantly the children. Many people’s attitude is if you don’t like it move away from it, I smoked around my kids all their life and they are fine. But then they would talk about how their child suffered with asthma all their life, or that they were always sick. Do you think they would take a moment to think that maybe it was because of the cigarette smoke? I grew up around my dad who happens to be a smoker, and I was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 2yrs old. I

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