Passive smoking- a Threat

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Passive smoking- a Threat

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 700 million children around the world are exposed to passive smoking, as smoking is still not strictly banned in public places. In addition to this it is not possible to decide on any safe permissible levels of second hand smoke.

It is a known fact that smoking including passive smoking is major risk factors for cancer and many lung and heart diseases. It can cause various respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD (a combination of lung diseases mainly chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which obstructs airflow to the lungs). In addition to this it also results in sudden infant death syndrome (common in infants of mothers who smoke or take alcohol) and middle ear infections.

An estimate by WHO has also shown that smoking is responsible for 11,000 deaths per day and this number will double by the year 2020. Another concerning fact is that about 25% of women (i.e. 1 in 5 women) around the world will be smokers by the year 2025.

All these statistics show that more active steps will have to be taken to educate people about the adverse effects of smoking. In fact smokers should realize that they are not only playing with their lives but that of others too.

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