What is secondhand smoke? Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke from an actively burning cigarette and can also be the smoke exhaled from a smoker. There are two different types of secondhand smoke: Side stream smoke which comes directly from burning tobacco and also Mainstream smoke which is the smoke that the person smoking inhales. Although the smoke that the smoker inhales is very dangerous and harmful to the body, the smoke off of a burning cigarette actually contains more harmful substances due to the smoke not being filtered when coming off of the end of the cigarette. The people being harmed the most by secondhand smoke happens to be children. Children have no choice but to endure the secondhand smoke coming off of their parents cigarettes causing them to be trapped in a harmful environment. There should be laws that prohibit parents from smoking around their children because of all the harmful dangers of secondhand smoke.
Being exposed to secondhand smoke can be more harmful to your body than the person actually smoking. If you are exposed on a daily basis, your body can still absorb the nicotine as if you’re the one smoking every day. According to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, smoke contains more than 4,000 specific chemical compounds. More than 250 of the chemicals are toxic and more than 50 are researched to having cancer-causing agents. Smoke, and the substances that go along with it, can actually linger around in the air for more than 4 hours and it would only take minutes of breathing them in to harm you. Within 5 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke, it can stiffen your aorta and within 20 minutes, the substances in secondhand smoke can cause your blood to clot and can increase the build-up of fat deposits in your blood vessels, increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Within 2 hours of being exposed, your heart can go into an arrhythmia and can go into a fatal cardiac event. The longer a person is exposed to secondhand smoke, the more harm it can do to your body, in fact, being exposed on a regular basis can increase your risk of developing a smoke-related disorder such as: Lung cancer or lung disease (COPD, Asthma, or Emphysema), Heart Disease, and/or Chronic Sinus and Respiratory Infections.
According to the NRDC, nearly 18,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease were caused by active smoking in 1990. Smoking a single cigarette can damage blood flow to your heart for people with a pre-existing coronary artery disease. Cigarette smoking has been found to be the leading cause of pulmonary illness and death in the US. In 1990, smoking cause more than 84,000 deaths anywhere from lung disease, such as pneumonia, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.
Another form of smoking is passive smoking, also known as involuntary smoking. Passive smoking is when someone inhales the mixture of smoke that comes from the burning end of tobacco products, such as a cigarette, and is also the smoke exhaled by a smoker. This...