Satisfactory Essays
Why Should Secondhand Smoke Be A Concern to All
Every time a cigarette is lit, there is a higher chance that you or someone you know will be a statistic for cancer or other health problem related to secondhand smoke. Unfortunately, many people in their lifetime will be expose to toxic substances that will adversely affect their health and suffer from the consequences of this deadly habit. Secondhand smoke better known has environmental tobacco smoke is a form of smoke burn off of a tobacco product which, is inhaled by the smoker. This deadly form of smoke has serious affects on the smoker and any individual who is inhaling the secondhand smoke around them. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “An estimated 42.1 million people, or 18.1% of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes Every year smoking takes an estimated 480,000 lives in the United States which accounts for one in every five deaths of Americans”. Many individuals have been exposed to secondhand smoke, which has made them susceptible to certain kinds of cancer, that leads to premature death. Children can become ill and die of certain kinds of disease due to the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. The dangers associated with mainstream and sidestream smoke should not be ignored, because serious health affects can be developed from this behavior which will ultimately take your life or someone who is a close to you. By knowing the harmful effects caused by smoking, many lives can be saved if there are the proper resources available to break this habit, which can help reduced cardiovascular effects that kill many people every year, which affects many secondhand smokers including children.
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...ress. C. D Shelton states, “Smokers often report that cigarettes help relieve feelings of stress. However, the stress level of a smoker is higher than in a nonsmoker. One study asked smokers to keep a daily log of their mood swings. The smokers only reported a “normal mood” while they were smoking and worsening moods between cigarettes. This indicates dependent smokers need nicotine just to feel normal!”(35). According to the Center for Disease Control, “the average annual smoking-attributable health-care expenditures were approximately $96 billion. Accounting for direct health-care expenditures and productivity losses (approximately $97 billion), the total economic burden of smoking is approximately $193 billion per year in