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What are the health effects of second-hand smoke?

We don’t have to mention again that active smoking is harmful. Every smoker knows that.

This article is for those who want to delve deeper into the matter and learn more about the health consequences of passive smoking. In particular, we want to answer the following questions:

  • What exactly is second-hand smoke?
  • How many people are affected?
  • What effects does second-hand smoke have on children?
  • What are the consequences of inhaling second-hand smoke during pregnancy?
  • What are the consequences of passive smoking of an e-cigarette?
  • And above all: What can active and passive smokers do to protect themselves and others??

This article is not intended to scare smokers and keep them away from cigarettes. The “fear method” simply doesn’t work. It is mainly practiced by doctors who, as non-smokers, have no idea of the real reason why smokers really go for a cigarette. If this was the key to success, (almost) all smokers would stop smoking immediately!

This article is an objective collection of facts about passive smoking. If you are a smoker looking for an effective way to quit, become part of our community and get all the tricks to quit once and for all. No side effects, immediate and lasting. Guaranteed

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Now back to the topic:

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What is second hand smoke?

The term “second hand smoke” is used to describe the inhalation of tobacco smoke from the air.

There is no news that second hand smoke is a serious health hazard, causing thousands of deaths every year. It can cause a variety of harmful effects in children and adults. Research has shown that inhalation of smoke can cause, among other things:

  • lung cancer 
  • respiratory infections
  • various heart diseases
  • breathing difficulties such as coughing, additional mucus, wheezing and shortness of breath and asthma

Second hand smoke is particularly dangerous for children, babies and pregnant women. If you want to know more about the risks of passive smoking during pregnancy, read on.

Some statistical facts about passive smoking

As mentioned at the beginning, there is no news that the smoke is harmful. However, the following numbers have surprised even us in the research of this article:

  • Every year, passive smoking causes about 7,000 deaths from lung cancer and 34,000 deaths from heart disease (in the USA).
  • Between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died as a result of passive smoking (USA).
  • Passive smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.

What are the consequences of second hand smoke during pregnancy?

We have listed the health effects associated with passive smoking here:

second hand smoke pregnancy

  • Miscarriages,
  • low birth weight,
  • Preterm births,
  • Learning or behavioural deficiencies
  • and sudden infant death (SIDS)

SIDS is a disease in which a healthy child dies unexpectedly in sleep. This condition has not yet been sufficiently researched by scientists and is a mystery to many doctors, as autopsies and medical examinations do not reveal a cause of death and infants appear healthy before their death.

To reduce the risks associated with cigarettes and cigars, it is best to completely avoid smoking.

What are the consequences of passive smoking for children?

Second hand smoke is particularly harmful to children and infants. But what are the consequences?

  • Mothers who inhale tobacco smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have babies with a low birth weight.
  • Babies who breathe in second hand smoke after birth have more lung infections than other babies.
  • Passive smoking causes more frequent and severe seizures in children who already suffer from asthma.
  • Children exposed to cigarette smoke are more likely to develop bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections and, as mentioned above, are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Is the second hand smoke from e-cigarettes harmful?

E-Cigarettes warm and vaporize a liquid that typically contains nicotine. This causes the user to inhale so-called aerosol. Similar to a conventional cigarette, smoke is exhaled again. The smoker therefore exhales the aerosol back into the environment.Quitting Smoking with an e-cigarette

What many people don’t know is that e-cigarettes don’t just release “harmless water vapor”. Passive aerosol (wrongly referred to by industry as steam) contains nicotine, ultra-fine particles and small amounts of toxins known to cause cancer.

  • Aerosol consists of a high concentration of ultrafine particles, and the particle concentration is higher than with conventional tobacco cigarette smoke.
  • These ultra-fine particles can exacerbate respiratory diseases such as asthma and constricted arteries and trigger a heart attack.
  • Aerosol particles are smaller than 1000 nanometres, which is similar in size to tobacco smoke and diesel engine smoke. They stress the lungs.

Are you a smoker? If you implement these tips, you can protect your loved ones.

It is best to quit smoking immediately to protect your family from passive smoking. But that’s easier said than done.

However, if you decide to continue smoking, you can make sure your house and car remain smoke-free. Children inhale more secondhand smoke at home than in any other place. The same applies to many adults.

For example, don’t let anyone smoke in your house or car. The establishment of this rule will:

  • Reduce the amount of second hand smoke your family inhales.
  • Help you quit smoking and stay smoke-free.
  • Reduce the chance of your child becoming a smoker.

If you’re out protect your family with these tips:

  • Make sure that caretakers like nannies or babysitters don’t smoke.
  • Eat in smoke-free restaurants.
  • Avoid smoking in public areas.
  • Educate children to stay away from passive smoking.

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We don’t believe in magic ourselves, but there is a method that works magic. Convince yourself. What is there to lose?

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