The Deadly Secondhand Smoke
When a person
inhales smoke that comes out from the burning of tobacco is known as
side stream smoke. On the other hand, when a person inhales smoke while
a person is smoking is called the mainstream smoke. Both these types of
smoking are called Secondhand smoke or ETS.
Do you know the number of poisonous substances we inhales while a person smokes?
The ETS mainly
consist of about 4000 poisonous substances. They make entry into our
body and 40 among them can be carcinogens. Whether you are smoking or
just inhaling the smoke exhaled by a smoker, it does not matter. The
consequences are dangerous and lead to several respiratory problems.
ETS belongs to the
class of carcinogens. The amount of carcinogen in ETS is much higher.
The cause for high rate of carcinogen in ETS is that it is unfiltered.
Thus, active smoker is inhaling lower quantity of carcinogen than the
There are two main
places in cigarette that produces smoke. The tip of the cigarette is
the one from where smoke released. Secondly, the hot smoke releases
through the cigarette and its filter from the remaining part of the
The major portion of
ETS incorporates cigarette's burning tip. It is around 70 to 80 percent
of ETS. The major components are nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and
carcinogens. Thus, ETS is more harmful and deadly than the person
There are several
hazards of Secondhand smoke. It causes eye irritation, sore throat,
dizziness, nausea, headache and cough. Apart from these effects, it
also leads to certain long-term illness. The major disease caused by it
is the lung cancer. When a non-smoker suffers from a deadly disease
like lung cancer it is because of Secondhand.
Based on recent
survey, it is found that hospitality workers have more chances of lung
cancer. Those workers who are more exposed to secondhand smoke have
more chances of acquiring this deadly disease.
problems are also one of the diseases caused by the secondhand smoke.
Certain chemicals block arteries and that leads to heart attack or
hypertension. Asthma and Breast cancer are also caused by secondhand
Your children are also getting affected and have more chances of acquiring deadly diseases.
If a pregnant
woman smokes then she is harming her baby directly. The baby will be of
low-weight; size of lungs will be smaller and have more chances of