Sitting on tea stalls, we often found people arguing over several topics like present politics, corruption, inflation, social evils, crimes, education system and many other social issues. But such discussions only remain effective till the last sip of the tea. As people finish their tea, all the discussions become just a discussion. During the discussion, people dig out every sort of topic they can, but they are being harmed from a poison at the time on which no body have any focus. This is known as PASSIVE SMOKING.
Now a question will arise in our minds, what’s this term “PASSIVE SMOKING”. Let me explain, PASSIVE SMOKING is the term used for those who do not actually do smoking but remain always with a smoker. In other words, Passive Smoking is the inhaling the smoke left by an Active Smoker. The smoke released by any other person is known as Second Hand Smoke (SHS) or Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS).
Effects of Passive Smoking-
We often think that why should they be worried about their health if their roommate or colleague or life partner or anyone whom with they are closely related. But the reports of the epidemiological Studies have socking results. According to the studies, a non-smoker who remains in the contact of a smoker maximum times, is more prone to suffer from the same health problems as faced by a regular smoker. Tobacco Smoke which comes out from the cigarettes has around 4000 chemical compounds which include at least 40 Cancer causing carcinogenic agents.
Along with this, the tobacco smoke also contains a harmful amount of Carbon Monoxide gas which is a poisonous gas creating hindrance in the availability of oxygen to some major organs. Some major disease caused by Second Hand Smoke are-
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)
- Brain Tumor
- Cognitive Impairment
- Lung Diseases like Asthma
- Premature Birth
- Low birth weight
- Skin Disorder
- Dementia and many other deadly diseases.
The Second Hand Smoke has severe effects on the children, women and other family members. Analysis says that the prolong exposure to the SHS or ETS in home, offices or vehicles increases the risk of lung cancer by 20% to 25%. Apart from causing premature deaths of children and adults, this passive smoking increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections and slows down the growth of lungs in the children.
The effect of smoking can be understood from this that every year around 5.1 million people die because of smoking around the world and in this about 60000 people die worldwide due to Passive Smoking and 35% of them are the children.
Symptoms of Passive Smoking-
Anyone who is exposed to Passive Smoking may have short term symptoms like Cough, Headache, eye irritation, sore throat, nausea, wheezing and slow lung function in asthma patients. This ultimately results in reduced coronary blood flow.
Measuring Passive Smoking Exposure-
The amount of exposure to the tobacco smoke or second hand smoke is measured using the Biomarkers which is an indirect test conducted to find out the actual exposure. The different biomarkers used are as listed as below-
- Carbon Monoxide
The only control measure is to quit smoking because Smoking kills you and your family members and all those who are close to you. But saying good bye to smoking is not an easy task for the person who is now completely addicted of it. But doctors suggest some natural tricks to quit smoking. Let’s discuss some of them-
- Doctors suggest consuming fruits, Lassi and coconut water as these items reduces the addiction for Smoke.
- The intake of vitamin C also reduces the urge for smoke.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks as they increase the addiction to smoke.
- Avoid Smoking in public places, home and other similar places.
- Use a separate and open space to smoke.
- Avoid smoking in vehicles.
- Try to involve yourselves in activities like dance, music and reading to avoid the smoking calls.
To conclude, Smoking kills you as well as your dear ones too by causing deadly diseases due to Second Hand Smoke known as Passive Smoking. And I do not think that we human being are so selfish that we let our dear ones bear the pain and death because of a bad addiction. Make the world beautiful for yourselves and your family and friends.
Give your suggestion and please share different ways to quit smoking in the comments and help a person to get his life back.