Secondhand Smoke Continues To Kill Innocent Souls – STOP SMOKING!

 In Advice, Facts

Did you know that about 860 000 people die each year as a result of being exposed to second hand smoke?

It’s a worrying fact and we at, Healthshare believe that if one person can quit smoking each day, potential lives can be saved: that of a smoker and non smoker. Let it start with you!

Smoking affects all of us and has a detrimental effect on our health and bodies. We are all directly and indirectly affected by it.

According to recent statistics released by the World Health Organization, tobacco kills more than 7 million people around the world each year with more than 6 million people dying as a result of direct smoking and about  890 000 from secondhand smoking.


What Is Secondhand Smoke?

Second hand smoke also known as environmental tobacco smoke or passive smoke comes from any tobacco product and it is the smoke breathed out by a smoker which fills the air.

Usually non smokers get exposed to secondhand smoking when there is a smoker in the room. Especially in confined and enclosed spaces like offices, restaurants and homes.

The danger about secondhand smoke is that it has no safe level of exposure; it contains the same harmful chemicals that smokers inhale.

Tobacco smoke is believed to contain more than 7 000 chemicals, including at least 70 that have the potential to cause cancer.

Secondhand smoke can cause a health scare for those who are inhaling it directly or indirectly. Non smokers can develop serious health complications which include but aren’t limited to lung cancer, heart diseases, heart attack and respiratory diseases from the smoke.


Some Of The Detrimental effects of tobacco smoke on non smokers:

Children who are often exposed to tobacco smoke are most likely to face health issues related to flu viruses such as asthma, colds, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections and may even develop cancer later on in their life. For children who are already asthmatic, the smoke may cause them frequent and severe attacks. The exposure may also contribute to cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

Pregnant women are likely to experience increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth, give birth to low birth weight infants, chances of children being born with decreased lung function or have lung infections and thereby are at greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and may also cause reductions in fetal growth.

Smoking can rob you of many things beyond your health including family time, money and just being an existing partner, friend or parent.

The tobacco epidemic is believed to be one of the leading causes of preventable diseases and premature death. Although smoking rates have decreased from 33% to 21% over the recent years in South Africa, many people still continue to smoke daily. The only way to prevent your children, friends and partner from secondhand smoking is by throwing away that cigarette completely. Stop smoking!

We understand that getting rid of bad habits isn’t always an easy road, however we can help you. If you are suffering from tobacco addiction, call the National Council against Smoking: 011 720 3145 or follow the link for tips on how to quit smoking

Take a step to saving your life and those around you today. Protect children and others who don’t smoke; don’t let the innocent souls die as a result of your smoke!

Say yes to World No Tobacco Day.

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