Effects of Second Hand Smoke

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How Does Secondhand Smoke Affect Other People How Secondhand Smoke Affects Other People Smoking is bad for your health, but most of you do not understand that you do not have to smoke to be affected by smoke. Secondhand smoke can cause the same affects to others as smoking does to the smoker. It harms not only yourself and those around you, but your children as well. There are many diseases and deaths that come not from smoking, but from secondhand smoke alone. Affects of secondhand smoke includes: heart disease, cancer, and asthma. “Each year in the United States alone, it is responsible for: an estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are current nonsmokers, about 3,400 nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing secondhand smoke, and worse asthma or asthma related problems in up to 1 million asthmatic children” (American Cancer Society, 2011, para. 11). Most smokers do not realize how much their smoking affects those around them, until they lose someone close to them from secondhand smoke or if you have children that stay sick due to smoke. There are a lot of bad chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Those chemicals are bad for the smoker, and worse for those around the smoker. “Second-hand smoke exposure can have serious health consequences, particularly for infants and children, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), cause and exacerbation of asthma, increased respiratory tract infections, increased middle ear infections, low birth weights, and developmental impacts” (Business Wire, 2006). “Second hand smoke exposure has been linked in adults to elevated risk of lung cancer, nasal sinus cancer, and breast cancer to cardiovascular disease, including heart disease” (Business Wire, 2006). “ There is no safe level of second-hand tobacco smoke exposure”(Pediatrics, 2010). “ Of the 5002 children in

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