Millions of people in the United States and billions all over the world smoke cigars, cigarettes, and use pipes. As a result of this regular habit, more than 430,000 Americans die premature deaths and millions around the world meet their untimely demise as well. Not to mention that billions upon billions of dollars are spent towards health care costs. We all know about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but what about what secondhand smoke can do to the loved ones that live with you?
When you are smoking in your household, you are not the only one smoking your cigarettes. Your spouse or significant other will be inhaling both the smoke emanating from your cigarette and the smoke being exhaled from your mouth. Secondhand smoke causes a tremendous amount of deaths annually, and it also leaves them vulnerable to contracting the same diseases that a regular smoker does. In some cases, the non-smoker will die or develop a disease before the smoker because their bodies are not as accustomed to the smoke as the smoker’s body is.
Smoking around children has disastrous effects on their systems. When an infant or child is growing up, their lungs are still trying to develop and the secondhand smoke they inhale will prevent it from ever attaining its full potential. Children are many times more likely to develop some sort of respiratory problem, such as asthma or bronchitis. Again, the same major diseases that can befall a smoker will happen to the child.
Humans are not the only ones that will suffer. Research has shown that even your fuzzy, loving, loyal companion pets are prone to developing diseases. Both dogs and cats can develop certain forms of cancer or experience respiratory problems. Long-nosed dogs in particular are more likely to develop nasal cancer because of their snouts. Dogs in general will start to wheeze, cough, sneeze, or have bloody nasal discharge when something is wrong. With cats, they can develop chronic lymphoma, a type of cancer that could eventually lead to their death.
Any person or animal living with a smoker will suffer from the consequences of your smoking habit. While smoking is ultimately the decision of the person, he also has a duty to ensure that the smoke will not harm anyone who is nearby. Standing a few feet from entryways and windows and making sure that no one else is around to inhale the smoke are some things that a smoker can do to be courteous, and non-smokers should appreciate these gestures.