Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Dangers of Second Hand Smoke

Traditional cigarettes are smelly and smoky, two things that never hesitate to draw attention from those around them.  Lighting up around others can lead to irritated glances and uncomfortable feelings. People know the dangers of smoking, and the consequences of second hand smoke, so they can often be sceptical upon seeing a smoker. Because it is no secret that conventional cigarettes cause cancer and have many other serious consequences for your health, people that smoke them can be regarded as foolish and inconsiderate of those around them. However, by taking the initiative and choosing the healthier option, you no longer have to feel guilty about endangering yourself or those within the reach of your smoke.

Electronic cigarettes don't contain tobacco, which is a carcinogen found in regular cigarettes. Therefore, you can use them without harming yourself or those around you. The World Health Organisation states, "Second-hand smoke accounts for one in 10 tobacco-related deaths. Creating 100% smoke-free environments is the only way to protect people from the harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke" (ref: www.who.int). The website also advises, "Guidelines to Article 8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control state that there is 'no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke'" (Ref: www.who.int). This means that if anyone around you encounters any bit of the product of your cigarette, they are being harmed, even if they don't want to be.

Since you never know when you're going to encounter a smoker, and therefore possibly be exposed to second hand smoke, there's always the risk that your health could be in jeopardy at any moment. Those who don't smoke traditional cigarettes are making a conscious decision not to. This could be for many reasons, but the main reason is usually because it is so bad for you. Though cigarettes can be tempting and many people believe they relieve stress, those that don't smoke are choosing to be healthy. It's unfair that even though they make the choice, they can't always help coming into contact with harmful second hand smoke. This is why, if you do smoke, choosing to use electronic cigarettes is the best thing you can do for you and for others.

Electronic cigarettes do not omit the toxic chemicals regular cigarettes do, and are a healthier and considerate alternative to conventional cigarettes. Make the decision that is best for you, and for those around you and choose e-cigs.

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