Passive Smoking May Be Equally Harmful

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Name it the way you like, whether passive smoking, involuntary smoking, environment smoke or secondhand smoke, it is as dangerous as active smoking. It occurs when the exhaled or ambient smoke from one person's cigarette is inhaled by the other people who are around him/ her.

Passive smoking involves inhaling carcinogens, as well as toxic components, that are present in second hand smoke. Carcinogens that are present in secondhand smoke include benzene; 1, 3-butadiene; benzo[a]pyrene; 4-(methyinitrosamino)-1-(pyridyl)-1-butanone and many others harmful components.

Numerous researches have been carried out to determine the extent to which secondhand smoke can be harmful. Though the extent of harm is still a topic under debate, the harmful effects have been confirmed by various studies.

Secondhand smoke is more harmful to children. If parents smoke in front of their children, they not only get exposed to a culture which is not expected to be adopted by them but they also become a victim of passive smoking.

Not only children but all your near and dear ones who stay around you get affected by the ill-effects of the smoke that you emit.