49,000 non smokers die each year from secondhand smoke. You can see why they are passing laws in many cities and states that will prevent smoking in public places. Did you know that secondhand smoke contains 11 known cancer-causing poisons and 250 known toxins? Smokers affect all those around them with the habit they choose to inflict on themselves. Everyone enjoys going out to eat at their favorite restaurant, and possibly stopping in for a few drinks and maybe a game of pool at their corner bar. The way that the current heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are they cannot control exposure to secondhand smoke in the non-smoking areas set aside for non-smokers in these places.
Do you ever wonder what our future generation may look like because of the effects of smoking? According to a study of teen smokers, young men who smoke may be both compromising their fertility and increasing their risk of fathering a child with genetic defects due to sperm change in smokers. One study found that 38% of non-smoking women conceived in their first cycle compared with 28% of smokers. This could have an affect on why women could be having a problem with conceiving today. Since 40% of us are tobacco users and 80% of us have members in our families that are users of tobacco products, you should be aware of the long-term affects. Secondhand smoke can cause narrowing of the arteries among other things. So as a smoker you are harming those around you.
Did you know that secondhand smoke contains formaldehyde (used to embalm dead bodies), lead (banned for use in paint and gasoline), cadmium (used in making batteries), benzene (found in gasoline), and arsenic (used in pesticides). When a person smokes a cigarette more than 4,000 chemicals are released into the air. You cannot contain these chemicals properly to prevent them from contaminating the non-smoking areas. Did you know that it costs Americans more that $9.5 million a year in medical care, death and disease due to secondhand smoke?
According to the Surgeon General there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Knowing all of these facts should make a person want to quit. Unfortunately, because of the fact that nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the market it is really hard to accomplish that feat. We have been brought up in a generation of smokers and now that we have fallen victim to the habit we try to ignore the facts.
Many are trying to appose the new laws saying that it is taking away their freedoms. Businesses are afraid that it will take away business. There may be a slight decrease in some of the businesses but, it will only be short lived. Once people realize the fact that these laws are for their own good, and express the rights of all individuals involved business will resume to normal.
This should all be an eye opener to what smoking is doing to our society. We should not only want to clean up the air that we all share in public places but, we should practice it in our homes as well. In the 70’s and 80’s we were concerned about our air pollutants in big industry. Now in the new millennium we need to focus on what we are doing in our recreational and work areas, keeping in mind that are homes are even more important.