Tobacco products can cause life-threatening diseases and premature death, whether smoked, chewed or snorted, or inhaled by passive smoking.
Even those who do not smoke themselves can come into contact with tobacco smoke. This may seem harmless, but it is not. For both adults and children, it is hugely damaging.
Institutes worldwide like the WHO and at country level are studying how harmful different tobacco products are to health and how addictive and attractive they are.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) wants to reduce the damage to health from tobacco smoke. It therefore recommends reducing the amount of some of the harmful substances in tobacco smoke. By doing so, it also wants to prevent new smoking products from entering the market that are even worse for health. Of the more than 6,000 substances in tobacco smoke, the WHO has selected 9 that have an extra high risk of serious damage to health. These range from a small amount of a very harmful substance to a relatively large amount of a less harmful substance. Almost all selected substances are carcinogenic. The condition for selection was that the amount of the substance in tobacco smoke could be reduced by modifying the production process.
2. Acrolein (or: propenal or acrylic aldehyde)
4. Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP)
5. Butadiene (1,3 Butadiene)
7. Carbon monoxide (CO)
8 and 9. NNN and NNK
As early as 2016, the European Parliament reported that smoking kills 700,000 people a year in the EU. Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death in the EU. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), it has been proven that due to the wide variety of highly dangerous, carcinogenic pollutants in cigarette smoke, 6 million people die prematurely every year.
What's in tobacco smoke?
WHO research indicates that tobacco smoke contains over 6,000 different substances. Many of these are harmful to health and more than 70 are carcinogenic.
There are three types of smoke:
1. Mainstream smoke (primary smoke): is inhaled by the active smoker.
2. Sidestream smoke (secondary smoke): comes from the smouldering cigarette.
3. Tertiary smoke: is blown out by the smoker.
Ambient or secondhand smoke consists mainly of sidestream smoke (85%) and tertiary smoke (15%). Sidestream smoke has a lower temperature and is actually the most dangerous type of smoke. Because there is incomplete combustion, this smoke contains more pollutants than mainstream smoke and tertiary smoke: 3x more carbon monoxide (CO), 7x more benzene, 70x more nitrosamines and 100x more ammonia.
So passive smoking or secondhand smoke has a negative effect on your health, just like smoking. However, exposure is much lower with passive smoking because smoke in the environment is diluted with clean air. The effect of secondhand smoke increases with the concentration of smoke and exposure to it:
• The more exposure during the day, the greater the risk.
• The longer the exposure over the years, the greater the risk.
• The smaller the space, the more concentrated the smoke.
Multiple independent scientific studies shows that a single cigarette in an enclosed space develops more than 2 litres of smoke. Only about 20% is inhaled by the smoker, the rest mixes with the indoor air. The proportion of carcinogenic substances is up to 130 times higher in this so-called "by-stream or sidestream smoke". Smoke consists of millions of microfine particles, even smaller than bacteria and gaseous chemicals that cause odours.
Smoking a cigarette or other tobacco products releases all kinds of chemicals. Which substances are released during smoking and in what quantity differs between (tobacco) products. It mainly depends on the type of product (such as cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette), specific product properties such as the type of tobacco, the holes in the filter paper (filter ventilation), and the substances added by a manufacturer. Tobacco smoke is unhealthy for everyone who inhales it, including passive smokers.
Cigarette smoke causes many life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other diseases such as allergies or asthma.
Research has confirmed that due to poor combustion at low temperatures, sidestream smoke (passive smoke) contains up to 130 times more pollutants than cigarette smoke inhaled by the smoker.
Passive smoking is at least as damaging to health as the mainstream tobacco smoke inhaled by the smoker. Non-smoking attendees in a smoker's home such as partners, children and relatives face an equal health risk as the smokers themselves.
Tobacco smoke is a major source of harmful particulate matter in the home.
Many studies show that fine dust particles from passive indoor tobacco smoke can continue to be found in house dust and on surfaces for a long time, thus endangering the health of everyone present in this room through so-called tertiary smoke. Especially its heavier particles, which collect at low altitudes from the ground. Crawling children and early walkers get a lot of toxins in their bodies and actually start smoking this way at an early age. They also make more hand-to-mouth movements. The risk of respiratory diseases is high in these children.
Tobacco smoke sticks to walls, ceilings, furniture and curtains, causing long-lasting and unpleasant odours in indoor spaces and ... stinks.
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