Can Passive Smoking Cause Cancer?

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Are you one of those people who have never smoked a single cigarette but fear lung cancer? Then this might be the article for you. People often stay away from the smoke to prevent their bodies from toxins and not ruin the purity of their lungs. But, they often forget about the principle of Passive or secondhand smoke. Passive smoking refers to inhaling other people’s smoke rather than holding a cigarette in your hand. Secondhand smoke is, whereas smoking, the smoke coming out of the smoker’s mouth and the smoke coming from the lit end of the cigarette.

It might sound impossible to leave your office friends at the time of their smoking. But, by the end of this article, you will realize the value of staying away from passive smoking.

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Are There Any Harmful Chemicals in Passive Smoke?

Yes, Secondhand smoke is full of harmful chemicals, and having these in your system would guarantee nothing but an increased amount of toxins. The chemicals in Secondhand smoke are benzene, Tobacco-specific nitrosamines, and benzo[α]pyrene. Along with 1,3–butadiene (a hazardous gas), Cadmium (a toxic metal), Formaldehyde, and Acetaldehyde. As the names sound, they aren’t some friendly chemicals found in chemistry laboratories. These are the storehouse of numerous diseases.

Also, Read Third- Hand Smoking is Bad Too 

What Are The Health Risks Of Passive Smoking?

Passive smoking might not be as harmful as active smoking, but many health hazards exist. It may cause premature death in children and adults. Also, irritation of the airways can be noticed on exposure to secondhand smoke. Along with that, the harmful effects can be seen on a person’s heart and vessels. Studies say that the risk of heart disease increases by 25 to 30% on passive smoking. Several women prone to passive smoking have had fertility issues, complications in pregnancy, and poor birth outcomes.

There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Even exposure for a short duration can cause huge losses.

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Can Passive Smoking Cause Cancer?

The scientific reply says YES. Talking of adults, Secondhand smoke increases the risk of breast cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer, and cancer in the nasal sinus cavity, whereas in children risk of leukemia, lymphoma, and brain tumors increases manifold. Furthermore, a chemical called carcinogen is released by cigarettes and is considered the most important factor for lung cancer. Passive smoking increases the chances of getting lung cancer by 20-30%.

How To Prevent Passive Smoking?

You can save your family from the hazards of passive smoking by:

  1. Not smoking inside the house when everyone is around.
  2. Not smoking in the car and not letting others do the same, even with windows down.
  3. Going to smoke-free restaurants, clubs, and bars.

So, now you know how risky it is to stand with your friends who smoke, even when it is just for 5 minutes. The risk is never zero. You may not be holding that cigarette to save your loved ones from tension, but indirectly you are preparing yourself to be a burden to them.

Tarishi Aggarwal
Ph.D. in Dental Science, Tarishi is well known for his works in the health sector. Reach out at [email protected]