Thank You For Smoking

You know what really ticks me off? The fact that some people do not see any problem smoking in front of non-smokers. I do not smoke. I do not want to smell your smoke. What makes you think that I would? You think I want to get lung cancer? No, thanks. Smoking in public buildings is so rude and disrespectful, and I am so glad that most places are non-smoking now. I just don’t understand why they can’t realize that what they are doing is unwelcomed. I think that maybe smoking is more than an addiction to them; it’s a habit too, and they probably don’t stop and think about smoking that cigarette, they just smoke it, unaware of the damages that they are causing. Just this past week, I have witnessed four people smoking in front of my sister-in-law, who is 7 months pregnant, without even considering the fact that there is a baby growing inside of her! I researched the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on pregnant women, and this is what I found:

  • Higher rate of miscarriages and stillbirths
  • Increased risk of low birth weight babies
  • Babies born with decreased lung function
  • Greater risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in infants

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to be affected by:

  • asthma, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other lung diseases
  • middle ear infections
  • sinus infections
  • cavities in deciduous (baby) teeth

So please, please, please, if you are a smoker, be careful who you smoke in front of. Here is a site that lists the benefits of quitting. All I am asking for is a little respect for myself and others who do not wish to inhale your secondhand smoke. I think that when I begin teaching next year, I will be a part of a smoking prevention program for teens. I hate that so many people smoke, especially those that I am close to and care about, and I hope that I can prevent future generations from starting this terrible habit.