Essay on Smoldering Ashtray: The Effects of Second Hand Smoking

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Over the last many years, more and more people are consuming smoking tobacco. Although smoking is considered to be legal to anyone eighteen and older, the law does not protect the surrounding victims Smokers are protected by the part in the declaration of independence where it states “life liberty and pursuit of happiness.” This statement provides the right for people to consume what they want and where they feel comfortable. But family members, friends, peers, and co-workers are helplessly exposed to second hand smoke. There are many oblivious smokers who are totally indifferent to the harm they force on the people around them.

Children cannot control their parents' bad habits and desires, and that being, they are frankly being shoved
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Secondhand smoke has been commonly linked with SIDS in a number of health studies. The study of SIDS and second hand smoke (SHS) did not actually appear until “1992 [when,] the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first noted an association between SHS and SIDS” (Tong, England, Glantz e356). The exposure of secondhand smoke can produce an increased risk of SIDS during postnatal and prenatal pregnancies. Sullivan points out “Sources of SHS exposure at [one] month of age” is shown to have a “subsequent risk of SIDS (e362).” Related rates of “SHS exposure include 1,900 to 2,700 SIDS deaths” (e357). SIDS is not the only detrimental effect of secondhand smoke. Cigarette smoking…during pregnancy… [is one] of the most modifiable risk factor associated with [low birth weight]” (A 1719) Low birth weight is linked to SHS in many areas. There has been studies to confirm this effect of exposure. Wahabi and other physicians constructed a study on “infants who were exposed to SHS [through the womb]”, the physicians went on to find these babies “had significantly less birth weight” (3). The nicotine in secondhand smoke decreases the amount of amino acid and other nutrients into the baby’s body (A 1719). The greater the doses of SHS, the greater risk of low birth weight.

Second hand smoke also gives healthy children increased health risks. “SHS increases the risks of ear infection [by 25 percent]” (Family

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