Smoking is a habit that is marketed to young people through its portrayal as a cool thing to do. The media usually depicts people who smoke as strong, tough, and attractive compared to those who do not. The habit results in serious health complications for the smokers, including cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and lung diseases. Over and above the adverse impact on the smoker’s health, the environment and the passive smokers are negatively affected. Nonetheless, it is imperative to acknowledge that smoking is now socially unacceptable in many communal settings. Quitting smoking not only improves the well-being of the active smoker, but also plays a significant role in the improvement of public health.
The Social Impacts of Smoking
The social consequences of cigarette use begin in the family. Parents who light up around their children reduce their immunity and increase chances of them acquiring illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, or ear infections. Family members are likely to develop lung diseases over a long period of passive smoking. Smoking also has a dangerous effect in the workplace environments. Notably, secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Most of these are toxic and have been confirmed to increase the risk of getting cancer. After a while of passive smoking, the smoke damage the lungs and can increase the risk of acquiring heart diseases. Remarkably, cigarette smoke increases the chance of stroke by 20-30% in passive smokers.
The Environmental Impact of Smoking
Tobacco is a delicate plant that is prone to attack by many crop diseases. Consequently, it requires about 16 pesticide applications in one quarter of the year. Dieldrin and Aldrin are some of the chemicals used to spray tobacco. A negative effect of this on the environment is that chemicals may be swept by water to natural sources, thus contaminating water supplies used by the community. Further, the regular use of pesticides leads to the development of resistance in insects such as flies and mosquitoes, thus posing serious health risks for people due to the difficulty in controlling these disease carriers. It is also important to note that tobacco smoking and tobacco are correlated. Cigarette filters also present an environmental pollution problem. Evidently, smoking has effects on not only the active smoker, but also the passive smokers and the environment and hence the need to quit.