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The Negative Effects of Second Hand Smoke

The Negative Effects of Second Hand Smoke

Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. The person who smokes regularly can face many serious health complications in future. Then, are the non-smokers completely safe? No, they are not! Second hand smoking, also known as passive smoking is extremely and equally dangerous and leads to many severe health issues.

Why is Second-Hand Smoking Dangerous?

Second-hand smoke consists of more than 4000 chemicals, out of which 69 are carcinogenic and cause diseases, disabilities and death as well. Children and pregnant women are the worst affected amongst the victims of passive smoking. The smoke remains in the environment for around 4 hours. It is neither visible nor can be smelled, but it is equally dangerous.

Let’s Take a Look at the Effects of Second Hand Smoke on Children/Family Health


Children are one of the most prominent victims of second hand smoking. If any of the parents smoke in the presence of their child, he is likely to get affected by second hand smoking. Such children are likely to get sick and have lung infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, cough, shortness of breath, wheeze, and susceptible to ear infections. Second-hand smoking can develop learning disabilities and developmental delay in children. It is also found that these children are prone to sudden infant death syndrome.

Pregnant woman

Smoking in the presence of a pregnant woman affects not only the mother-to-be but also the fetus inside her. The exposure of smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of health issues such as placenta previa, placental abruption, stillbirth, miscarriage, and ectopic pregnancy. The exposure to the smoke decreases the amount of oxygen and increases the chances of premature birth, low birth weight, congenital malformations and even stillbirth.


The other members of the family also suffer from the health-hazards due to second-hand smoking. It increases the risk of high blood pressure, poor dental health and tumors, cataracts, lung and cardiovascular problems, dementia and cognitive impairment, depression, cancers, etc. The pets are also affected by secondhand smoking and are likely to suffer from cancer or tumor.

Other than family

Smoking in the car or closed area increases the toxin in the air. If you smoke at your workplace, then you are putting your colleagues’ lives in danger.

Irrespective of whether it is cigarette, cigar, pipe or hand-rolled cigarette, second hand smoking is hazardous. The harmful effects of second hand smoke are the causes of some fatal diseases. One must avoid the contact of smokers as much as possible. If you are facing any health issues, go for your full body check-up. For more information, please fill the query form and our team will be happy to help you.

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