Smoking and passive smoking effects can be extremely harmful to adults let alone children. Find out more about the consequences of smoking and the effects they can have on smokers and those around them...
With horrific pictures of blackened lungs and deformed babies on cigarette packs and countless warnings about the dangers of smoking in the media, you’d think the anti-smoking message would really hit home.
Unfortunately, perhaps because we keep hearing about it, we have somehow managed to numb ourselves to the serious effects of smoking.
It seems that most smokers choose to take an “ ignorance is bliss” approach by continuing to smoke despite knowing the negative effects that it can have on their health.
But they should know that smoking not only harms their bodies, it can also be a hazard to the people around them – most of all, children.
The evil effects of smoking and second hand smoke
It’s a known fact that second hand smoke can be as harmful than actually smoking a cigarette itself. The risks of lung cancer, heart disease and chronic lung disease are increased significantly in adult non-smokers when they are exposed to second hand smoke.
According to Professor Phillip Eng, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore, the risk of lung cancer amongst passive smokers can increase up to seven times compared to non smokers.
He says, “The degree of increased risk is proportionate to the amount of exposure the passive smoker has to cigarette smoke.” These risks, already substantial in a fully grown adult, are further compounded in a child, owing to their smaller body size.
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