Whether it’s your roommate, a member of your family or whomever, having a smoker in the house is bad for your health. Of course, smoking tobacco is never going to be healthy, and there are mountains of evidence to support that statement. However, new research is coming out that shows how important minimizing second-hand smoke is to your short and long-term health. It’s a practice that’s best avoided and, no matter the weather, put out of doors.
One of the biggest reasons smoking is pretty much banned in restaurants around the world has as much to do with servers and patrons: second-hand smoke. Even if you aren’t a smoker yourself, just being around the tobacco clouds causes many, many health problems. The position of a server or bartender requires they stay inside, where they used to be exposed to second-hand smoke almost nonstop.
It’s really not any different than the situation you may face at home with a roommate or a family member who smokes indoors. Aside from leaving the cigarette stink on all your stuff, living with a smoker, according to a new study, is not far off from living next to a Beijing highway for all the air pollution you breathe.
Researchers out of Scotland combined the results of 4 connected studies to find out just how bad living with a smoker can be. Their findings were published online in BMJ: British Medical Journal.
By measuring the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air, like soot and fine dust, researchers were able to compare the air quality of smoking and nonsmoking homes. They found that the levels of PM2.5 in each group differed quite a bit.
Smoking homes contained air 10 times more polluted than nonsmoking homes. Basically, it’s like living outside on a busy street in one of the world’s more heavily polluted cities, like Beijing or London.
Taking smoking out of the home will reduce the exposure of nonsmokers to PM2.5 by as much as 70%.
In case you’ve never read the warning message on a pack of cigarettes, smoking causes, among many problems, cancer. This includes second-hand smoke as well. Second-hand smoke, both from lit cigarettes and when exhaled by smokers, is classified as a known carcinogen by every major health organization. Olumia Life is most certainly anti-smoking.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer.”
The American Cancer Society states that in America alone there are 3,400 deaths from lung cancer caused by second-hand smoke and a further 42,000 deaths from heart disease in nonsmokers each year. Second-hand smoke is still a serious health issue and one you need to remain aware of.
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