No matter how you smoke it, tobacco is dangerous to your health. There are no safe substances in any tobacco products, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. The substances you inhale don’t just affect your lungs. They can affect your entire body. Tobacco smoke is incredibly harmful to your health. There’s no safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, or hookah won’t help you avoid the health risks. Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients, many of which can also be found in cigars and hookahs. When these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them are linked to cancer. Moreover smoking leads to a variety of ongoing complications in your body. These complication can have short term as well as long term effects on your body systems. While smoking can increase your risk of a variety of problems over several years, some of the bodily effects are immediate.
As mentioned above, smoke from a cigarette contains at least 7,000 chemicals out of that 69 have the ability to cause cancer can be called as dangerous toxic. Details on many of these chemicals are already found on various educational sites. These include ammonia, arsenic, and carbon monoxide. This means total chemical exposure increases for you, your family members and your friends especially working with you in your office. They are highly vulnerable to various risks when they are around an area where someone is smoking.
Exposure of People to Smoke
There are three situations nonsmokers/smokers are exposed to harmful smoking-related toxins. They are:-
- Smoking (First-Hand Exposure)
- Breathing in smoky air (Second Hand Exposure)
- Being in a room where someone has smoked. The smoke and chemicals will settle on equipment and surfaces. Workers can be exposed by touching these surfaces or stirring the smoke into the air and inhaling it. (Third Hand Exposure)
Dangers To Your Family and Friends
The health risks of smoking multiply when family members or your colleagues work in hazardous environment. Cigarette smoke can cause asthma and cancer. Smoke can linger on furniture, equipment, or in the air long after a smoker has left. This exposes people to smoke, nicotine, and chemicals even if they are non-smokers.
It is also pertinent to mention that E-cigarettes contain fewer chemicals but are still are considered harmful. E-cigarettes come in flavors, which have been found to have metals in them. These metals, combined with the nicotine, are very dangerous to inhale.
Exposure to smoke causes both short as well as long-term illnesses. These include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Asthma attacks
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart disease
Risk Reduction Method
- Not smoking is the best way for you, your family members and your colleagues is one of the best and recommended way to protect your dear ones. This will significantly reduce exposure.
- To avoid second hand smoke, stay away from smoky areas and areas where smokers have been.
- At home or at other / work place you must ensure that indoor air quality meets regulated levels. The most common ways to do this are to:
- Prohibit smoking in the inside rooms/compartment/cabins or cars/vehicles or workplace.
- Designate an outdoor smoking area that is three metres or more from a door, window, or fresh air intake
- Provide proper ventilation in areas where smoking is permitted indoors