I checked on several sites to see what is out there about smoking and found very little. Taking a puff is a habit that most would want to kick but we hardly ever want to talk about it.
I do enjoy a good game of football at our National Stadium, so I packed my gears and was ready for a qualifier between two very strong sides in the CONCACAF region. The stadium was filled to capacity with the local faithful, but my game was interrupted by this man who insisted he had to get his smoke on. Everyone around him seems so oblivious to the fact that here is this man who from the beginning of the game to the very end, never stopped puffing away even for a minute.
What was amazing to me was when I got home and went to brush my teeth and exhaled, smoke came out of my mouth that was the day I took second-hand smoking seriously.
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.
Second-hand 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., second-hand smoke causes about 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer, the CDC says. Tobacco kills around 6 million people each year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Nearly 80% of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low and middle-income countries, information from the world health organization (WHO).
Smoking 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.
The question is how to avoid second-hand smoke? And the answer to that is very simple, avoid persons who are smoking… what about the game?