The Dangers of Smoking
Smoking, whether active or passive have numerous effects on the health of a person. The early childhood development of most people dictates whether they will eventually smoke in time. Cigarette smoking has dire effects on nearly every organ in the body as it reduces the health of smokers and contributes to many diseases. Cigarette smoking is one of the foremost causes of death in the U.S.: 480,000 deaths happen each year as a consequence of cigarette smoking which implies nearly one in every five deaths is as a result of smoking (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). Statistically, smoking contributes to more deaths each year than the combination of HIV, firearm-related incidents, alcohol use, and illegal drug abuse and thus outlining the destructive nature of this vice (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). Notably, the outlined facts show that smoking is a foremost cause of death which continues to disrupt the health of numerous people in the United States. Studies further show that smoking increases the risk of death for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Therefore, individuals who smoke are more probable to die at the hands of other diseases as smoking interferes with their immune system. Notably, smoking weakens people and thus makes it easier for diseases to win over them.
The effects of smoking are not limited solely to active smokers as workplace, restaurants, and bars among other places highly contribute to the massive effects. Importantly, these locations contribute to secondhand smoke exposure. The workplace profoundly influences the effects of smoking on adults as it stimulates an upsurge in the risk of lung cancer and heart disease among adults’ nonsmokers. The work environment is at times designed to make the employees feel comfortable around each other, and thus those who smoke might smoke around nonsmokers thereby stipulating some dire consequences. The white-collar jobs often have guidelines that aim to protect these nonsmokers. However, there is a higher risk of second-hand smoking exposure for blue-collar and service workers. Similarly, they are less likely to be covered by smoke-free policies in comparison with the white-collar workers. Therefore, the effects of smoking can affect a lot of people in a work environment and lack intervention due to the nature of their work. Importantly, other places such as bars constitute of numerous people who smoke and thus, they can publicly carry out this act. The consequences of smoking are not limited solely to active smokers and thus increases the risks of reduced quality of life among a vast population. In the contemporary world, people mainly stay in a group such as school children. Therefore, the act of one person can have repercussions on the lives of a few.
Consequently, smoking can have dire results during certain stages such as pregnancy. Importantly, smoking during this period results in an increased risk of health problems for the babies. Smoking can constitute to low birth weight, preterm birth, and birth defects on the lips and mouth. Therefore, a mother can limit the quality of life of an unborn baby through smoking. Smoking prior to and after childbirth increases the chances of acquiring sudden infant death syndrome. Importantly, the use of e-cigarettes and other products containing nicotine can have harmful effects during pregnancies. Nicotine can affect both the pregnant mother and the developing baby. Notably, it can damage the developing baby’s lungs and brains. Smoking can reduce the health status of the unborn baby. Moreover, it can complicate the delivery period as it can weaken both the woman and the kid.
Conversely, smoking constitutes a lot of damages to kids. There are kids who suffer due to second-hand smoking. Notably, cigarette smoke can stay in their clothes or hair and eventually have some consequences. Imperatively second-hand smoke entails more than 7,000 chemicals which children can consume through passive means. Therefore, parents who smoke around their children increase the risk of these children is suffering from reduced health, lung diseases, and other conditions. Other than secondhand smoking, there are children in the contemporary world who choose to try out smoking whether through peer pressure or as a choice. Notably, one in every five kids in high school have tried vaping and thus can be affected and addicted to the nicotine. The effects of smoking can be dire especially for children constituting respiratory contaminations, recurrent and unembellished asthma bouts, unexpected infant death condition, and ear infections.
Conclusively, the government understands the dire consequences of smoking and thus tries to curb them through various policies. Notably, different states in the United States have different legal expectations on age for people who purchase tobacco products. For instance, states such as Oregon, New Jersey, Maine, and California outlines the minimum age as 21. There are other states which require a person to be at least 18. Notably, smoking can lead to the low quality of life and ultimately death. Therefore, the government tries to intervene to reduce the risk of smoking. Conclusively, there are numerous dangers of smoking which disturb the quality of life both in the short term and the long term.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Retrieved from Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm