Danger Of Second-Hand Smoke

EGL102-51
July 7, 2015
Persuasive Emotional Essay
Danger Of Second-Hand Smoke
Cigarette causes the death of thousands of people every year in the World. “Second-hand smoke causes almost 50,000 deaths in adult nonsmokers in the United States each year, including approximately 3,400 from lung cancer and between 22,700 and 69,600 from heart disease.” (American Lung Association). Some people make the wrong choices to smoke while others peoples are the victims. Although smokers are the one’s directly inhaling the smoke from their cigarettes, they put everyone’s life in danger. Those around them are not given the choice as to whether they will inhale the toxic air. With the increasing evidence of the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke, there is no longer a place for smoking in society. Governments should make more effort to protect the nonsmokers from second-hand smoke and the problems it causes by restricting the usage and the sale of the cigarette in some area of the society.
As U.S citizen, people believe that they have the right to use their freedom to do whatever they judge good for them without worried of the consequences of their action on other people. Smokers believe they have the freedom to smoke as the U.S. provides freedom of choice; therefore, as citizens, they have the right to smoke if they so choose. However, their freedom to smoke obstructs other citizens’ liberties as they do not get to choose whether or not to inhale air contaminated with second hand smoke that may be harmful to their health.

Categories of people, who deserve more protection against the cigarette, are children. According to Karl Hill, Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group states, “If your parents were smokers it is a double whammy because you are more likely to use drugs in general and even more likely to smoke cigarettes." (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/49400.php) Moreover, Hill and Jennifer Bailey, a UW research scientist, conducted a study exploring smoking, heavy drinking and marijuana use across three generations. Their findings indicate that the children of a parent who uses any of these substances are more likely to smoke, binge drink or use marijuana in adolescence and adulthood. Children, whose parents smoke in their presence are being set up to repeat the same behavior or even worse, turn to harder drugs. Consequently, a child’s behavior may be damaged by their parent’s smoking habit.
In reality, the nonsmokers undergo a lot of danger cause by the smoker. The first danger is the Carcinogens which are cancer causing agents and are found in second-hand smoke. In fact few of them are poison such as benzene, cadmium, chromium, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and nickel. Passive smoking is estimated, by the EPA, to cause about 3,000 lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers each year. (www.epa.gov). In addition certain chemicals in second-hand smoke cause coronary disease. Thirty minutes of passive smoking can reduce the arteries’ ability to dilate, which may be a precursor to hardening of the arteries. (USA Today, 7/24/01) Second-hand smoke causes about 37,000 deaths by heart disease every year. (www.lungusa.org). Second-hand smoke is more harmful than mainstream smoke. Side stream smoke, smoke coming out of the end of the cigarette, has higher concentrations of carcinogens than mainstream smoke, the smoke inhaled by the smoker. (www.yourhealth.com) Second-hand smoke contains both mainstream and side stream smoke, so it can be very dangerous.
College students, who were exposed to high levels of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as children maintained higher blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and heart rate at rest and during psychological stress compared to students who grew up with low levels of ETS (http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/1999/C/199902721.html) The tobacco smoke in the home environment has a lasting effect on the children who inhale it. As adults they cannot escape the harm the second hand smoke causes.
In order to protect children and other innocents peoples, Law Maker should find some strict solution that could ban the sale and the usage of the cigarette in some places of the society. California for instance has banned smoking in restaurants. A successful campaign is one that not only keeps people from smoking, but also one that protects nonsmokers from second-hand smoke by creating an environment that encourages smokers to cut down or quit. California laws proved it is possible to reduce the usage