Your Smoking is Bad for My Health

While headed to work, you stop to grab a coffee at the gas station and are greeted by the cashier taking her smoke break out front. When you get to work, 2 of your co-workers are finishing up their cigarettes next to you in the parking lot before work. It's lunch time and you are looking forward to sitting outside at your local bistro on this beautiful day. Unfortunately, you are sitting directly downwind from the cigarette smoke coming from the couple next to you. So, you get up and move. You hear the couple speaking to each other like you have a problem or something. Why yes I do, I like my lungs just fine how they are. On your way home from work, you realize you need to stop by the store to get a few items to go with dinner tonight. Coming out of the store, you get the pleasure of passing a group hanging out with their skateboards smoking. "Oh great", can't I go anywhere without dealing with this invasive cloud! You get home and while changing out of your work clothes, you can still smell cigarette smoke on them. They immediately go into the wash and you have to take a shower since you smell it in your hair as well. This is a typical day for many non-smokers out there. You don't even smoke, but are being drastically affected by second hand smoke everyday.   image   What Is Secondhand Smoke? It can come from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Tobacco smoke has more than 4,000 chemical compounds, at least 250 are known to cause disease. Secondhand smoke makes you more likely to get lung cancer and many other types of cancer. It's also bad for your heart. Every year in the U.S., secondhand smoke causes about 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer, the CDC says. Smoke makes your blood stickier, raises your "bad" LDL cholesterol, and damages the lining of your blood vessels. Eventually, these changes can make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.-facts from WebMD

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