How can passive smoking cause problems with my health?
Inhaling second hand smoke is, in principle, the same thing as smoking yourself. Those who are passive smokers can inhale just as much of the harmful substances and toxins that are found in tobacco smoke as the smoker receives. If you are also sensitive to smoke, then it can also feel uncomfortable and irritating. Naturally, it doesn’t smell good either. The smell also gets stuck in the non-smoker’s clothing and hair, just as easily as it does in the smoker’s.
Common symptoms or problems that can occur are:
- irritated eyes
- stinging sensation in the throat
- shortness of breath
The amount of smoke and how long you are subjected to it is directly decisive to how many negative effects a person risks to their health. The following risks are present when a person is in the vicinity of a smoker:
- Exposure to tobacco smoke during a long time can lead to a greater risk of lung cancer of 20 percent
- The risk of having a heart attack increases by 30 percent
- For persons with heart disease, passive smoking can increase the risk of angina pectoris
- Asthma and allergies can be worsened by tobacco smoke, just as the risk of chronic respiratory illness is increased
Do you smoke but want to minimise the health risks to your surroundings and your family? Remember to:
- Always try to smoke at a sufficient distance from others, especially children
- Try to change your clothes after you have smoked, fabric that has been smoked in carries the harmful substances from the smoke along with it
- Try replacing the cigarette with a smoke-free nicotine drug, such as lozenges, nicotine pouches or nicotine spray. These will take the edge off your cigarette cravings and have a major advantage that they don’t bother anyone else.