The Effects of Smoking on Family

“The offensive odor intrudes on the noses of people all around you, from your family and co-workers, to patrons at public places such as restaurants and sporting events. While you may feel it is your right to smoke in public places, consider how you would feel if your next door neighbor suddenly opened a chicken farm in his back yard. The stench can be sickening. The issue is not so much a rights issues as much as it is a consideration issue. Treat the people around you with respect, the way that you’d expect them to treat you.”

The Effects of Smoking on Family

When you smoke, it’s not just your health that suffers: Your family’s health suffers as well. Your loved ones can be harmed by breathing secondhand smoke, which consists of the mainstream smoke that you exhale and the sidestream smoke that wafts from your cigarette. Sidestream smoke can be four times as harmful as mainstream smoke, according to a 2005 analysis in “Tobacco Control.” Your family members haven’t chosen to smoke but are subject to the ill effects of passive and involuntary smoking not only now but many years into the future.

Your Smoke Is Their Smoke

Secondhand smoke accounts for 3,400 lung cancer deaths every year, according to a 2011 report from the American Lung Association. It’s responsible for more than 46,000 cardiovascular-related deaths and prompts hundreds of thousands of cases of asthma. Data from a 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that more than 40 percent of nonsmokers age 3 or older had nicotine levels in their bloodstream, which is indicative of recent exposure to secondhand smoke. That number rises to 54 percent for children ages 3 to 11 who live with a smoker.

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