Many people understand and even accept that smoking is bad for you. Most people even acknowledge that second hand smoke is dangerous as well, while some people will still tell you that there is no danger in second hand smoke. There is also third hand smoke, which most people don’t even know exists. I will explore both second and third hand smoke and the dangers of each today.
What is second hand smoke?
Second hand smoke is either smoke exhaled by the smoker or smoke from the end of the lighted cigarette or cigar. The smoke from the lighted cigarette or cigar has a higher concentration of cancer causing agents, and it is smaller particles which makes it easier to get into the lungs. Non smokers who inhale second hand smoke take in nicotine and toxins the same way as smokers.
What are the dangers of second hand smoke?
Second hand smoke has the same harmful chemicals that smokers inhale and there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.
Second hand smoke is known to cause cancer, just as smoking causes cancer. Second hand smoke has been known to cause lung cancer in those who don’t smoke; it has also been linked several other cancers in adults and children.
Second hand smoke increases the risk of many of the same illnesses and diseases that smokers are at risk for. For example, second hand smoke is linked to an increased risk of vascular diseases and strokes in those who don’t smoke.
If you have children, second hand smoke can affect their health as well. Infants exposed to second hand smoke are at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Children who are exposed to second hand smoke get sick more often, have increased instances of lung infections (such as pneumonia), increased risk of asthma and asthma related problems, and even have an increased risk of ear infections.
On their own, these dangers may seem minor, but when you add up all the time spent in doctors offices and medications needed to control or manage these illness, it can be extreme, not to mention the risk of death to your loved ones or children, just because they are exposed to second hand smoke.
What is third hand smoke?
I am sure you have hear of second hand smoke, right? How about third hand smoke? It is a real thing, and one that many smokers don’t take into consideration. If you are a smoker, you won’t notice it, but those who don’t smoke can smell it on your clothes and in your house. Third hand smoke is the residual chemicals and nicotine one clothes and surfaces in your home. These chemicals are then inhaled, just like second hand smoke, and can cause many issues.
Third hand smoke can stick to hair, clothes, skin, bedding, furniture, walls, and virtually anything in your house. Airing out rooms and houses does not get rid of third hand smoke.
What are the dangers of third hand smoke?
The dangers of third hand smoke are the same as second hand smoke, which means that cancer and lung diseases are a risk, along with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
What can I do?
Many people think that if they go outside to smoke this will protect their friends, family, and children from second hand smoke. This is true, but it doesn’t protect them from third hand smoke. If you go outside to smoke, come in and change your clothes before picking up your baby, you are still exposing your baby to third hand smoke.
Baby’s and kids have very small lungs, and something that doesn’t bother you, can have a huge impact on your child’s lungs and breathing for the rest of their lives.
If you really want to protect your baby, kids, family, and friends, you will need to not smoke in your house, car, or anywhere else they may be. You should also change your clothes and get a shower every time you smoke before holding your baby or child.
This all may seem hard and impossible, but when it’s for your family’s health, it is the most important thing you should do.
One of the best things you can do is to stop smoking. It may seem impossible, but there are a lot of great resources out there to help you stop smoking. Not only is it great for your family’s health, but it is also great for your health and you will be amazed at how well you feel.
Had you ever heard of third hand smoke before today? Do you smoke? Do you want to stop smoking? How do you protect your family from second and third hand smoke?