Benefits for Family and Friends

Benefits for Family and Friends

When you quit smoking, you’re not only helping improve your own health, but you’re helping your family, friends and co-workers as well. The reason for this is the many dangers associated with secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is the smoke given off by a burning cigarette combined with the smoke exhaled by a smoker. This smoke can remain in the air for hours and is involuntarily breathed in by anyone nearby. Classified as a known cause of cancer in humans by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), secondhand smoke is known to cause thousands of deaths every year in people who don’t smoke, as well as a variety of diseases and respiratory problems.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke. Every year, smoking is responsible for over 400 deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and as many as 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in children under 18 months old. Babies with mothers who smoke are more likely to develop asthma in childhood and suffer from other health problems such as bronchitis, ear infections and colds.

For all of these reasons, quitting smoking now is not only doing a great service to your own health, but it will improve the health of those around you and reduce their risk of developing a smoking-related illness.

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Smoking Fact

Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of mouth cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukoplakia (white sores in the mouth that can lead to cancer), receding gums and bone loss around the roots of the teeth.