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Old 05-04-2005, 04:13 PM   #1
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second hand smoking

Is it true that second hand smoke does not effect other people?

 
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:23 PM   #2
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Re: second hand smoking

No, that is not true. Secondhand smoke can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than smoking. That is why many states are outlawing smoking in public places. In addition to the potential to cause chronic lung problems and all of the other things smoking can do to you, secondhand smoke can cause asthma and allergy attacks in sensitive people and children can experience chronic ear infections which can affect speech development.

 
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:38 PM   #3
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Re: second hand smoking

Second hand smoke...my 48 yr-old brother was just dx'ed with CA of tongue with mets to mandibular nodes and now has two lung nodules. Why? Because we were raised in a little mobile home when children with chain smoking parents. He is the youngest case that Hershey Medical Center has ever seen.

He never chewed tobacco...their first question, but went on to smoke as an adult. But because of his young age (48), I do believe the primary cause was my parents' smoking in small quarters and our exposure to it. I had chronic bronchitis as a child with every flu/cold that I had, with a deep barking wet cough (sorry for the graphics), just like a smoker would have and i was just a child.

I remember my mom helping my brother with his homework, cigarette constantly in her hand, a cloud of cig smoke around both their heads (she adored her son; and the guilt she is feeling right now is indescrible - she knows that it is what it is. Developing tissues of children are quite sensitive to irritants and back then, the non-filtered Camels and Chesterfields were their brand. She smoked while pregnant, while nursing, while carrying us about. When she found out about my brother, she literally fell apart, ended up in the hospital (she is 73 now, on oxygen). And now! they found two nodules in her lungs. They are my only two living relatives.

That is what the tobacco companies also failed to tell people 40 years ago, that the smoke inhaled is pollution with nicotine addiction and tar accumulation. This may have even led to us being smokers later in life.

God help my brother - he has had radical neck dissection, 41 radiation therapy treatments as of last week and the 2 nodules in his lungs are being scrutinized via CT scans every three months. I am sure chemo is next. He is burnt to a crisp.

Thank you R.J. Reynolds' CEOs - I bet you don't smoke in your large mansions, living the life of luxury. If you had any sense of compassion, you'd take your product off the market.

You are addicting people to a product before they even have a chance to decide if they want to become addicted....keep cigarette smoke away from children, folks. And yes, I quit smoking but the craving to have another is all consuming at times.

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Old 05-04-2005, 05:00 PM   #4
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Re: second hand smoking

Wow, Wendy, thank you for sharing. I quit smoking the minute I found out I was pregnant. Now, nine months later, I am due at any time and tend to wonder why I ever gave it up. I loved smoking. It was my security blanket. You go through all that work to quit, then hear about those women who smoked through their entire pregnancies and had perfect babies. It's stories like yours though that remind me of how dangerous cigarettes really are. You keep people like me motivated.

To answer the original posters question though - yes of course second hand smoke is bad for you. It's even bad for unborn babies. Ive had to work very hard just to stay away from second hand smoke just because I knew it could have an effect on my innocent unborn child.

 
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