All week long, our blog has been focusing predominantly on the topic of cigarette smoking and its incredibly harmful effects. By today’s standards, it should go without saying that smoking is bad for you. In fact, that’s an incredible understatement! One look at a package of cigarettes will tell you what you should know already. Smoking causes cancer. Cigarettes are killers. It’s as simple as that. All smokers are putting their lives at risk.
The problem is that the lives of non-smokers are also put at risk, thanks to secondhand smoke. As we pointed out in our last blog post, there are many myths about secondhand smoke that need to be exposed. This is because smoke has the ability to impact the health of people who aren’t even in the vicinity of the cigarette being smoked at the time it is being smoked! It’s no wonder smoking is banned from so many different public places.
According to Health Canada, “in Canada, 15% of homes have at least one regular smoker, and 25% of Canadians are exposed to secondhand smoke in a car or vehicle. Even in homes where regular smoking does not take place, 14% still allow smoking inside.” Clearly, cigarette smoking is still a problem for Canadian families. So evidently, there are many more myths about secondhand smoke that needs to be debunked. Let’s get to it!
Secondhand smoke problems are myths themselves. Yes, there are people who believe that as long as you’re not doing the smoking yourself, you’re fine. Ridiculous, right? On WebMD.com, David Freeman firmly states that “tobacco smoke also harms the people around you. In the U.S., secondhand smoke causes about 50,000 deaths a year…It’s been estimated that a waiter or waitress who works a single eight-hour shift in a smoky bar inhales as much toxic smoke as a pack-a-day smoker.”
Secondhand smoke affects everyone the same way. This certainly isn’t true. Children are more vulnerable to secondhand smoke than adults. “Because they breathe faster, children inhale more air than adults relative to their body weight,” explains Uniprix.com, “This means they absorb more of the chemicals found in second-hand smoke, placing them at a greater risk for respiratory problems, learning difficulties, ear infections and colds.”
Unborn babies are protected from secondhand smoke. You’re likely aware that babies in the womb receive their nutrients from the mothers who carry them. As a result, most expectant mothers are very careful about what they choose to eat and drink. Obviously, the air that pregnant women breathe is also taken to their babies. Uniprix.com reveals that the chemical inhaled by pregnant women can affect the development of the baby’s organs.
“Light” cigarettes lower the risk of harm. Quoting Dr. Michael C. Fiore, who is a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin, Freeman writes that “cigarettes labeled ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ are no safer than ordinary cigarettes.” Simply put by the doctor, “you don’t need to add anything to tobacco for it to kill you.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we strongly believe that you don’t need to add anything to the air you breathe. Using scented air fresheners, for example, only contributes to the contaminants that are in the air. They mask terrible smells, but do not eliminate pollution. Cigarette smoke, of course, should also be kept away from the air you breathe. Contact us to learn more about how our Air Quality Services can help with your indoor air quality.
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