80% of cigarette smoke is invisible… so don’t smoke around non-smokers

I am passionately anti-smoking. I always have been. But I’ve also breathed in a LOT of smoke over the years, because I’ve had no choice but to be around people who smoke.

The smoking ban wasn’t around when I was out partying and going to clubs in my teens and early twenties… so I spent hour after hour dancing my heart out, whilst my lungs were filling with second hand smoke.

The smoking ban was a welcome relief from smoke filled bars, pubs and the misery of having to sit next to someone smoking at the next table in a restaurant.

But the flip side is that outdoor areas are now crammed with people heaving away on cigarettes… not great, particularly when there are children around.

And I live in a London terrace where there’s often a smoker sitting outside a neighbouring house having a cigarette… sitting outside to keep the smoke out of their house, but if we have a window or door open, it comes straight into ours.

And that brings me onto the biggest concern of all… babies and children breathing in second hand smoke. Why should they ever have to? Why should anyone who doesn’t smoke ever have to?

When someone smokes near me, this is what I experience…

  • my eyes water
  • my nose runs
  • I feel faintly nauseous
  • My hair and clothes smell of smoke

On top of that, second hand smoke is damaging my lungs. It’s damaging the lungs of everyone, baby, child or adult, who has to breathe it in.

80% of cigarette smoke is invisible

Watch this video about second-hand smoking… over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible… but it’s still have an effect.. on you and on all those around you.

So you may think you’re being considerate, but you’re not. Smoking anywhere near anyone else is never considerate. Not in the car, not in a public space, not near someone else’s house, not around non-smokers in your own home. It. Is. Never. Considerate. You. Are. Always. Causing. Them. To. Breathe. In. Toxins. That. Your. Cigarette. Is. Producing.

So why do it? It’s a habit? Work hard to give it up.

It’s your right? Is it… ?

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2 thoughts on “80% of cigarette smoke is invisible… so don’t smoke around non-smokers

  1. Doug Roberts says:

    Whilst I agree with the essence of what you say, Lucy, I think it’s important to consider that living in London (or any large city with heavy traffic) is also very damaging to your health.

    I know this, because I used to live in a basement flat in Brighton. Even though it was right by the seafront, toxic car fumes filled the flat, and caused me respiratory and other health problems.

    I invested in a very expensive air-purifier, which helped a little, but simply could not combat the constant flow of exhaust fumes.

    For years I endured it, until I finally moved to a hill on the South Downs, and my breathing problems immediately improved dramatically.

    My guess is that living in a city like London is equivalent to smoking several cigarettes a day. It’s very hard to find reliable statistics about the dangers of exhaust fumes, because the powers that be are terrified that the truth will get out. But take it from me, your health suffers far, far more by breathing filthy city fumes, than the occasional whiff of passive smoke you might inhale.

    • Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh says:

      Hey Doug, I totally get that living in London is bad for my health and the noxious fumes from cars, lorries etc is massively worrying – especially from all the drivers or diesel cars and vans who take it upon themselves to remove the filters because it works out cheaper for them. Hackney which has a dreadful level of pollution and we’re trying as a community to do something about that.

      But this is part of why having to deal with other people’s smoke fumes on top is so annoying.

      But it’s more than just a health level, it’s an unpleasant experience being around anyone who is smoking, it gives me instant symptoms – runny nose, watering eyes and it makes my hair and clothes stink of smoke, it’s really disgusting if smoke wafts over whilst you’re trying to eat… why should anyone have to put up with that?

      And actually, the stats really stack up against breathing in secondary smoke, there’s a danger of cot death, increased risk of asthma, lung damage, all from something that is totally unnecessary.

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