Society of all ages are drowning in tar like substances many call cigarettes. According to the U.S. national library of medicine the cigarette is the deadliest artefact in the history of human civilization. Cigarettes have been affecting all of society since the early 1500’s. (Proctor, 2013) Even though cigarettes take the edge off from reality; cigarettes are destructive to the smoker and peers surrounding because cigarettes are filled with harmful chemicals, expensive and are highly addictive.
Cigarettes are not only destructive to the smoker, but everyone around. Second hand smoke is the non-filtered smoke from the end of people’s cigarettes. Smoke may carry more than over 7,000 different chemicals all different from one of another, hundreds of those chemicals are toxic and as much as 70 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013) are known to cause cancer. Since second hand smoke is an epidemic across the world there are many ways it can affect a person’s wellbeing. Second hand smoke can and may cause heart disease, lung cancer, SIDS and many others. Second hand smoke is committed when the adult or child is near the smoker; smoke then travels from the end of the cigarette or the breath of the person in a space of 20 feet and enters the victim.
Heart disease is not only caused by smoking the cigarette but is also caused by second hand smoke. Smoke causes an estimated 46,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the United States among nonsmokers. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013) Knowing smoking will cause heart disease many people believe heart disease will not adversely affect society’s wellbeing but what many do not know is nonsmokers who are in 20 feet from a smoker will have instant adverse effects in the blood stream and blood vessels and even a brief exposure will slowly terminates the cardiovascular system. Smoke affects the cardiovascular system first by thickening the blood platelets.
The second leading cause of smoking and second hand smoke is Lung Cancer. 3,400 people in the U.S. alone die from lung cancer caused by smoking. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013)On the carton of cigarettes and other drugs the surgeon general has a statement and sates. Smoking causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and May Complicate Pregnancy. Thus being said there should not be as many deaths from complications such as lung cancer. Brief smoke from a cigarette can start the cancer process and the longer one smokes or breathes in smoke from a cigarette even if the person is in the area of the smoker; ones chance for lung cancer is increased dramatically.
According to Health Day News smoking cigarettes and second hand smoke. “Smoking may increase the risk of the fatal muscle-wasting disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).” Every year in the United States people from all over are diagnosed with this disease and many are suddenly coming up with a solution to where one of these disease’s...