In the long term, passive smokers suffer an increased risk of smoking related diseases. For example, they have a 25% increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer.
Professor Konrad Jamrozik, formerly of Imperial College London estimated that exposure to second hand smoke causes around 2700 deaths in people aged 20-64 and a further 8000 deaths a year among people aged 65 years or older.
In the work place, before the smoking ban, exposure to second hand smoke was estimated to cause the deaths of over 600 employed persons a year across the UK, the majority being in the hospitality industry.
Almost half of all children in the UK are exposed to tobacco smoke at home. This increases the likelihood of infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Children whose parents smoke are also more susceptible to respiratory diseases including asthma and middle ear infections, and it is thought that new cases of childhood asthma could be unnecessarily induced in children who are around parents that smoke! Research says there’s a direct link between cot death in babies and , and now studies show that may also affect a child’s mental development, with reading and reasoning skills at the lowest scores amongst children exposed.
There are many ways to stop smoking; willpower, patches, gum, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and even a revolutionary new therapy called bioresonance to name but a few. What you need to do is to look in to each therapy and see which one suits you the best. But make sure that you’re really ready to quit, as willpower will be your greatest tool to success.
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