Harmful Effects of Secondhand Smoke | Why is he called a silent killer | Expert revelations

Second-hand smoke or passive smoking is the smoke emitted from the hot end of a cigarette, bidi or waterpipe that is exhaled by a smoker and inhaled by a non-smoker. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 toxic chemicals and there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.Read also – Warning! Smoking cigarettes can make you diabetic


Passive smokers, or passive smokers, like active smokers, are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, lung disease, and lung cancer. Even brief exposure to second-hand smoke can damage the lining of blood vessels and make blood platelets stickier, and these changes can cause a heart attack.


Dr. Vishal Rao, Director, Head Neck Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery, Center of Academics & Research, HCG says, “There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, but many people are unaware of this. unseen killer. Evidence suggests that passive smoking is significantly associated with an increased risk of various diseases and health problems, particularly those affecting children, which makes it as dangerous as direct smoking.

Dr Vishal added: “Adult exposure to second-hand smoke causes cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25-30% and lung cancer by 20-30%. Exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infections in young children, asthma in adults and children, and ischemic heart disease and lung cancer in adults.


Vaishakhi Mallik, Associate Director, Policy Advocacy and Communications, Vital Strategies said: “According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), India, 2017, there has been a reduction in exposure to second-hand smoke in India since 2009-2010 (the period of the last GATS India report), but a large proportion of adults and children are still exposed to this invisible killer. Exposure to second-hand smoke in public spaces decreased from 29% to 23% and exposure at home decreased from 52% to 39%, but exposure in the workplace increased from 29.9 % to 30.2%. Comprehensive smoke-free laws, with no exemptions, are effective in protecting smokers and non-smokers alike. In order to reduce tobacco consumption in India, it is important to enact life-saving policies that affect hundreds of millions of people.

“To protect people from exposure to second-hand smoke, it’s important to spark conversations not only about the health risks of smoking, but also about the deadly effects of second-hand smoke. On the one hand, it is essential to make smokers aware of the serious illnesses they can spread to the people around them, including their loved ones, on the other hand, it is important to make non-smokers aware of their right to health as set out in laws,” added Vaishakhi Mallik.

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