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Secondhand smoke worse than smoking: Know harmful effects

Other Diseases By Varsha Vats , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Dec 20, 2018
Secondhand smoke worse than smoking: Know harmful effects

If you don't smoke, you might be thinking that you are absolutely safe. But do you know secondhand smoke is even worse? Here are all the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on adults and kids.

Smoking is bad for health but being around a smoker is worse. Smoke can depreciate your health even if someone else is smoking around you. Secondhand smoke emerges when someone smokes or use tobacco products. Smokers face a lot of serious health issues but inhalation of secondhand smoke is a threat to non-smokers health as well. Secondhand smoking is commonly known as passive smoking. When non-smoker inhales the smoke, it triggers many diseases. It can affect both adults and kids. Here are some harmful effects of secondhand smoke on adults and kids.

Dangers for adults

Adults are more prone to secondhand smoke because they are likely to spend more time with smokers. Adults may interact with smokers at their workplace, social meeting or anywhere around them. Some harmful effects may include:

Respiratory diseases

The risk of developing respiratory diseases may increase in adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke regularly. Adults who are already suffering from asthma or experiencing any symptoms should avoid any possible exposure to secondhand smoke.

Cardiovascular diseases

People who smoke or those who are around smokers are at a greater risk of cardiovascular diseases. It can also lead to constant high blood pressure which is also a reason behind heart diseases.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is a common disease among smokers. But being with someone who smokes most of the times can increase the chances of lung cancer in a nonsmoker as well.

Also read: Shocking Facts: Health Effects of Smoking on Women

Dangers for children

Parents who smoke are disturbing the health of their kids as well. As children have growing bodies and immune system, they are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke than adults. Some of the health consequences may include:

Respiratory disorders

Children have a growing immune system, they can develop respiratory infections very easily due to secondhand smoke. Pneumonia and bronchitis are the most common infections that children may get.

Ear infection

Children can get ear infections as well due to secondhand smoke. It can affect the middle ear mainly.

Asthma symptoms

Children exposed to smoke have shown more severe and frequent asthma attacks or symptoms.

Poor lung health

When lungs are exposed to smoke during the growing age, the lung health is more likely to suffer in childhood as well as in later life. Passive smoking can destroy proper lung functioning in children and can even lead to a chronic cough.

Also read: What Smoking Does To Your Body

How to avoid secondhand smoke?

The best way to avoid secondhand smoke is- not spending time with smokers. You should avoid going out with smokers and should not accompany them when they go out for smoking. Also, try not to go to places which have more smoke more often.

If you are a smoker and you have children in your house then you should not smoke inside the house to protect your children.

Other health risks of smoking may include:

  • Poor digestive health
  • Weak bones and teeth
  • Constant fatigue
  • Poor muscle health
  • Hair thinning
  • Wrinkled and aged skin
  • Diminished oral health
  • Anxiety, mood swings and depression

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