The truth is that there is one major second hand smoke myth that seems to be very pervasive in society right now. But this is barely just scratching the surface, because in reality there are a number of different myths in relation to secondhand smoke. We will take the time to discuss these myths with you today.
Ultimately, the less exposure to secondhand smoke the better, as you are going to learn when we reveal some myth busting startling statistics below. Let’s get into this without further delay.
Myth #1: Second Hand Smoke Does Not Cause Cancer
As you can imagine, it would be really nice if this myth were actually true. Nobody wants to get cancer from secondhand smoke. Who wants to get sick because of somebody else’s nasty habit?
But here’s the honest-to-goodness truth…
In the last 50 years, it is estimated that 2.5 million people in the United States of America have died from cancer related illnesses due to secondhand smoke exposure. Obviously, avoiding secondhand smoke at all costs is going to be the best way to refrain from any of the illnesses related to this nasty habit.
Many people hope and pray that secondhand smoke does not cause cancer. But hoping and praying will not keep you out of the hospital, so stay far away from cigarette smokers since you do not want to unintentionally get cancer because you were too close to one or more people that like to smoke cigarettes.
Unfortunately, as smokers, their cancer risks are very great. Those exposed to secondhand smoke have much less of a risk, but there are no guarantees that you will stay cancer free if you choose to avoid this advice and expose yourself to secondhand smoke.
Nobody wants to get cancer obviously. So do everything in your power to stay cancer free by staying away from people smoking cigarettes in enclosed spaces.
To make this very clear, secondhand smoke is linked to causing breast cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, nasal sinus cavity cancer, and children have also developed brain tumors because of too much cigarette smoke exposure.
Myth #2: Second Hand Smoke Does Not Cause Harm to Children
As crazy as it sounds, some cigarette addicts actually believe secondhand smoke will not cause any harm to their children. They continue to smoke around their children at all times, without any regard for the negative effects it will have on their health and physical development.
Unfortunately for these people, they are so addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes that they are blinded to the truth about secondhand smoke. They continue to believe in the myths telling them no harm will come to their children because they smoke cigarettes around them.
But the facts are very clear. Secondhand smoke poses serious problems for children of all ages. This nasty habit, and the smoke that affects children, is linked to all kinds of unwanted sicknesses and diseases.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis will often experience more of the following: sneezing, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and other respiratory symptoms; ear infections, severe/frequent asthma attacks, pneumonia, bronchitis, and newborns and infants under the age of 18 months are more susceptible to SIDS, also known as sudden infant death syndrome.
Clearly, cigarette smokers need to limit, or eliminate entirely, their children’s exposure to the toxins and chemicals in cigarette smoke. In all honesty, quitting smoking will be just as good for their health as it will be for the health of their children.
Myth #3: Second Hand Smoke Does Not Cause Cardiovascular Disease
Finally, the last myth that we will discuss is in relation to heart disease and other heart related illnesses. Cardiovascular disease is a serious problem, and it happens to be the number one killer in the United States of America at this time.
For those of you smoking cigarettes around your friends and loved ones, you are making them more susceptible to cardiovascular disease than they actually should be. So stop smoking in front of these people and allow them the opportunity to live a healthier life.
It is estimated that 34,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease each year because of their exposure to secondhand smoke. This is a sad statistic, because 34,000 lives are lost each year because cigarette smokers choose to smoke in front of their friends and loved ones instead of taking it outside. What a sad statistic indeed.
As you can see, there is more than just one second hand smoke myth. Hopefully we’ve helped to dispel these myths today.
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