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Secondhand Smoke and the Effects on Children

Secondhand smoke is hazardous to anyone who comes into contact with it. This toxic smoke can effect any individual, including innocent children. Children are greatly effected by secondhand smoke for they are still undergoing their developmental changes, both physically and mentally. When exposed to secondhand smoke, a child can develop serious health problems such as severe asthma, chronic ear infections, and an early onset of bronchitis.

The attached video provides a better understanding on how children can be effected by secondhand smoke.

For the parents who are avid smokers, the next time you light up a cigarette around your child please ask yourself this, ” Am I willing to put my child’s health at risk for this simple cigarette?”.

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Smoke from E-Cigs Still Poses Some Second-Hand Risk

Smoke from E-Cigs Still Poses Some Second-Hand Risk

Today, a new item is out on the market that can satisfy the craving of nicotine without the lighting up of a cigarette. This new, propagating product is the electronic cigarette, or more commonly known as the e-cigarette. An electronic cigarette is a portable handheld machine which creates water vapor combined with nicotine that can be inhaled by the user. Many individuals believe that e-cigs are healthier than regular cigarettes; however, electronic cigarettes still release the addictive nicotine, found in secondhand smoke, into the atmosphere. Further research must be developed in order to prove whether or not e-cigs are healthier for humans.

The attached link is an article, borrowed from TIME magazine, written by Alexandra Sifferlin, that covers more information on electronic cigarettes, nicotine exposure, and the risks of secondhand smoke exposure.

Children see… Children do

This video is powerful in its message that children are continuously watching their parents’ actions. The part of this video that really spoke to me was the copying behavior of smoking. A parent is smoking a cigarette and the child behind the parent is doing the same act. This proves that, if children are exposed to smoking, children will more than likely develop the habit of smoking.

According to The Tobacco Atlas, 38 per cent of all cigarettes consumed in the world are smoked in China, more than the other top four countries combined. 50.4 per cent of all men smoke, meaning that approximately 340 million people are at significant risk for death from tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco use is already responsible for 12 percent of all deaths among men in China, and that number could rise significantly.

According to The Tobacco Atlas, 38 per cent of all cigarettes consumed in the world are smoked in China, more than the other top four countries combined. 50.4 per cent of all men smoke, meaning that approximately 340 million people are at significant risk for death from tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco use is already responsible for 12 percent of all deaths among men in China, and that number could rise significantly.

Tobacco companies export thousands of cigarettes to almost 146 countries worldwide. The greatest consumer of these tobacco products is China. China contributes to approximately 38 percent of cigarette consumption. As the consumption of cigarettes grows, the amount of exposure to secondhand smoke greatly increases. More research has proven that secondhand smoke is hazardous to one’s health and well-being. However, China has not fully considered the poisoning effects of secondhand smoke.  Now, China is experiencing the increased rates of cancers related to secondhand smoke.

Please view the link above for more information on China and the increased exposure to secondhand smoke.

Breast Cancer Risks Rises With Secondhand Smoke

Breast Cancer Risks Rises With Secondhand Smoke

Research has proven that secondhand smoke is a major risk factor in developing breast cancer. For nonsmokers and smokers, any woman who is exposed to secondhand smoke has an increased risk in developing breast cancer.

As U.S. government ponders future of e-cigarettes, UC Merced joins growing movement to ban them

As U.S. government ponders future of e-cigarettes, UC Merced joins growing movement to ban them

Many smokers are quitting cigarettes and converting to the option of smoking electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes still offer the satisfaction of nicotine in the form of vapor. This new generation of electronic cigarettes does reduce the exposure to toxic chemicals found in traditional cigarettes; however, chemicals are still being released thus contaminating the air. More California communities and college campuses are fighting to keep their environment clean with updated policies that ban traditional and electronic cigarettes. For example, UC Merced is progressing in the movement to ban electronic cigarettes.