Persuasive Essay On Secondhand Smoke

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Secondhand smoke is serious health hazard to everyone and in order to lessen this, we should encourage the cigarette smokers to be more responsible. In order to do this, amending the tobacco regulation act is a must. Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar combined with the smoke breathed out by a smoker. Secondhand smoke is accountable for 42,000 deaths annually to nonsmokers in the United States, including nearly 900 infants, according to a new UCSF (University of California - San Francisco) study. Altogether, annual deaths from secondhand smoke represent nearly 600,000 years of potential life lost - an average of 14.2 years per person - and $6.6 billion in lost productivity, amounting to $158,000 per death, report the researchers. According to a 2009 survey conducted by DOH (Department of Health) and Philippine Statistics Authority, 28.3 percent of the population are current tobacco smokers. Among nonsmokers, about 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths are caused by secondhand smoke each year. Some research suggests that breathing in other people’s smoke may increase the risk of breast cancer and nasal sinus cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 250 of the more than 7,000 chemicals in secondhand tobacco smoke are known to be harmful, and about 70 of them cause cancer. Some of the chemicals in this toxic mix are the same things used to make chemical weapons, lighter fluid,

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