Smoking around others: The impact

Most smokers are aware that their smoke drifts around, and that other people breathe it in. If you smoke at home, in the car or at work, then whenever others are with you, they are breathing in your cigarette smoke.

This is what we call passive smoking.

Passive smoking occurs when you breathe in someone else’s cigarette smoke. Passive smoking is also known as second-hand smoking, involuntary smoking or exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).

Cigarettes produce three types of smoke:

  1. mainstream smoke – the smoke breathed in through the burning cigarette by the smoker
  2. exhaled mainstream smoke – the smoke breathed out by the smoker from their lungs
  3. side stream smoke – the smoke which drifts from the end of a lit cigarette

Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) consists of exhaled mainstream smoke and side stream smoke.

A wealth of scientific evidence now exists showing that the breathing of tobacco smoke polluted air by non-smokers can lead to serious harm, such as increased bronchitis, pneumonia and other chest illnesses in children, asthma, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is course in addition to the well-known irritant effects of tobacco smoke to the eyes, nose, throat and airways passages.

Over the past decade, there have been numerous research reports that have found that passive smoking is linked to a number of illnesses.

The people who are most likely to be affected by other’s tobacco smoke are those who spend the most time with them. That means they are probably the people you love most.

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