Smoking Life Away: The Harmful Effects of Smoking Cigarettes

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Smoking Life Away Smoke travels far. After the smoke is released, it diffuses and travels in the atmosphere reaching just about anything at a reasonable distance. When one smoker puffs out, it affects that person, somebody across from that person, and the clean air around that person. Ever wonder why warnings and disclaimers are always present with anything that concerns smoking? This is because it is dangerous, and it is harmful , and it should warn you about the lasting impact it leaves you. Cigarette smoking is more or less socially accepted by most people. There is a certain awareness about the consequences, but do people actually digest what these warnings really mean? If smoking does more harm than good, should it be smarter to…show more content…
Second-hand smoking is the main way of how smoking can affect non-smokers. Just because someone is not smoking does not mean that he/she cannot contract a smoking-related disease. Families and friends of a smoker are not safe from second-hand smoke. This type of smoke is composed of the burning tobacco product and the smoke exhaled by the smoker, both of which are easily breathed in by unsuspecting people around the smoker . As studied by the CDC, second hand smoking has caused almost 2.5 million non-smokers to die from a smoking-related disease (CDC, 2013). Increased risk for heart diseases and cancer are seen in non-smokers who are frequently exposed to second-hand smoke. When we think about it, just about everybody has been at risk of second-hand smoking. No matter the existing laws or regulations about public smoking, most people can still be victims of second-hand smoke. CDC estimates that second-hand exposure causes nearly 34,000 heart diseases as of 2009 (CDC, 2009). Second hand smoke is also highly dangerous for pregnant women, children, and babies . These groups of people are considered the most vulnerable. Contracting smoking-related diseases could be fatal to this population. Respiratory infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) are some of the leading effects of exposure to recurrent second-hand smoke (CDC, 2013). Third-hand smoke is another cause of alarm when it comes to non-smokers. It

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