Topics: Passive smoking, Smoking, Lung cancer Pages: 2 (866 words) Published: November 30, 2012
Smoking in public is a bad habit and is dangerous for innocent by standers. Recent studies have confirmed that when you smoke in public you put others health at risk. The dangers of second hand smoke have caused a lot of controversy and therefore there have been a lot of restrictions and new laws about smoking in public places. Second hand smoke is very dangerous because it can cause nicotine and other bad chemicals to enter the secondhand smoker’s lungs. Secondhand smoke can damage the body in the same way as the smoker smoking the cigarettes. Secondhand smoke can lead to the same health problems as a smoker, such as lung cancer, heart disease and in an infants case it can lead to upper respiratory infections. The American Lung Association reports that secondhand smoke also causes at least 150,000 respiratory infections in infants each year in the U.S. There are two kinds of second hand smoke, side stream smoke and mainstream smoke. Side stream smoke is the smoke that is released from the burning end of the cigarette. Mainstream smoke is the smoke that is exhaled from the smoker. Either way they both harm innocent non smokers. A smoker's poor choice should not affect the health of others. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of toxic chemicals including arsenic ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, benzene, and vinyl chloride. It is known to cause cancer, coronary heart disease, and respiratory problems. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. I think smoking and second hand smoke consumption should be someone's choice. Second hand smoking is proven to be worse than first hand smoking. If a person makes the choice to live a lifestyle where their own health is at risk, they should not create health hazards for those around them. When smoking in public places where there are children and pregnant women who now do not have the choice of not being exposed to cancer and other disease smoking causes. Smokers should smoke in privacy and not put...
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