The effects of second hand smoke are, unfortunately, worse than first hand smokers.
What is Second-hand smoke?
When a person smokes near you, and you inhale it, it is called second-hand smoke. Lots of people breathe it in without knowing it. Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. The chemicals found in second-hand smoke include carbon monoxide which is found in a car’s exhaust. Ammonia, found in window cleaners. Cadminum, found in batteries, and Arsenic, found in rat poison. Each Year, more than 1000 non-smoking people around the world die from second-hand smoke.
Why is Second Hand Smoke Dangerous?
It contains over 4,000 chemicals. 50 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. Non-smokers can inhale as much as two to three cigarettes a day. It takes three hours to clear the air of the smoke from a single cigarette. Second hand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer and other cancers and respiratory diseases. It can double the risk of strokes for non-smokers. It makes it harder for people to breathe, especially those with asthma and allergies. People with asthma who have inhaled to second hand smoke have more asthma attacks. Second hand smoke is dangerous to an unborn baby. Nicotine makes blood vessels smaller and interferes with the baby getting proper nutrition. It also speeds up its heart rate and slows down breathing movements.