Why now? So what? Show that your research is important, central, interesting, problematic, or relevant in some way. Why would your research and advocacy “pass” your audience’s “who cares” test?

Among today’s society, many individuals partake in the habit of smoking tobacco for recreational purposes. These individuals may not understand the short term or long term side effects that can occur within their bodies. Although individuals may not think smoking can affect them, it may affect other individuals that surround them. The topic of secondhand smoke is so crucial because secondhand smoke is extremely poisonous to others who may involuntarily inhale the smoke or come in contact with it. Second-hand smoke is more damaging to individuals who do not smoke tobacco for their bodies has not developed certain antigens or immunities that can defend the body from inhaled, harmful carcinogens. According to the National Cancer Institute, second-hand smoke is considered to be more chemically hazardous and more harmful towards the human body because it contains numerous, cancerous carcinogens, such as arsenic, ethylene oxide, and formaldehyde (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/ETS). These chemicals, plus many more, are known to cause, or contribute to, cancer within the human body. Cancer, or other health problems, associated with second-hand smoke is no joke. Cancer affects millions of individuals daily, either directly or indirectly. Communities and public venues should advocate for more awareness on the side effects second-hand smoke can have on a human being in order to prevent increased risks fro cancer or other health complications.

One thought on “Why now? So what? Show that your research is important, central, interesting, problematic, or relevant in some way. Why would your research and advocacy “pass” your audience’s “who cares” test?

  1. alijeannette says:

    You are absolutely right. I feel as though over the years the consequences of being a cigarette smoker have become apparent. However, the affects smoking has on the people around smokers is not very apparent, and needs to be. Non-smokers should not be suffering from the personal decisions of smokers. I am curious to read more of your findings. Good luck!

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