Here’s why you shouldn’t be smoking in your cars

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In our country, seeing people of all ages smoke cigarettes in their cars is a common sight. Probably we know many friends and family members (even you as well!) who smoke. Every smoker knows the link of smoking and various cancers, still they refuse to quit. The purpose of the article though is to raise awareness about the hazards of smoking in your vehicle especially. We know that smoking and second-hand smoke (Breathing in other people’s tobacco smoke) exposure is detrimental to health, but what about Third-hand smoke?

This is a relatively new term which describes the residual contamination from tobacco smoke that remains in the Room (or interior of a car) long after smoking stops and remains on our clothes as well after leaving place where smoking was being done. It may just appear to be characteristic offensive (at-least to me) smell of cigarette, but it also indicated the presence of tobacco toxins.

According to the ANR (Americans for Non Smoker Rights), Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses and particulate matter, including carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries. A 2002 study found that these toxic brews can then re-emit back into the air and recombine to form harmful compounds that remain at high levels long after smoking has stopped occurring. People, especially children can have considerable exposure to it.

As confirmed by the 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. And tobacco smoke toxins remain harmful even when breathed or ingested after the active smoking ends. Children of smokers are especially at risk of third-hand smoke exposure and contamination because tobacco residue is noticeably present in dust throughout places where smoking has occurred. The homes, hair, clothes, and cars of smokers can have significant levels of third-hand smoke contamination. Young children are particularly vulnerable, because they can ingest tobacco residue by putting their hands in their mouths after touching contaminated surfaces.

Therefore to protect the health of yourself and your family, the best practice is to give up smoking. If it is a Mammoth task for you, then the best course of action would be not to smoke in your cars and home and protect your family from the harmful effects of smoking.

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6 Comments
  1. Malik Abdul Rehman says

    what's next fourth hand smoke……….don't live on this planet somebody smoked here
    BTW this ain't US where paranoid people are afraid to face death and come up with BS logic everyday

  2. Muhammad Ali says

    Very well written – Good Effort. ~

  3. Shane A Edward says

    you need to get your head out of your ass. its a serious suggestion.

  4. Steve Bell says

    I don’t know whether you are complicit or naive, but this ‘opinion’ looks like it has been copied, almost word for word, straight out of the anti-smoker propaganda manual. If you are the latter then clearly you need to look a little deeper than the dubious rhetoric that is often cynically referred to as ‘science’, gleaned from ANR or similar tobacco prohibition organisations.

    ‘Tobacco toxins’ is in itself a propaganda slogan – the quantities involved are minute and are prevalent, often in greater quantities, in ooodles of other everyday foods, drinks etc. Eg.“In order to get the same amount of arsenic as you would in a single pint of nice sparkly clean gvt-approved-as-safe tap water, you'd have to hang out in a smoky bar for roughly 625,000 hours!” (M McFadden;"TobakkoNacht — The Antismoking Endgame"). Those ‘toxic levels’ relate to SHS – with 3rd hand smoke, the levels are even smaller but they do SOUND dangerous to the layman. It is propaganda designed to instill fear and appeal to emotion in the unsuspecting. NO ONE has died as a result of SHS or THS and recent evidence suggests the same is also true of active smoking!

    This is how anti-smoker ‘science’ was produced for 3rd hand smoke;
    Google; 'dickpuddlecote.blogspot audit-trail-of-public-health-lie'

    For more information about the tobacco CONTROL deception,
    Google; ‘TC Tactics’.

    Here's one reason why drivers SHOULD smoke; It boosts the brain to work 10-30% more efficiently, especially in the areas of attention, precision, focus, memory and speed. ie. Smokers drive better and safer, but ban them from smoking while driving and the opposite will likely occur.
    Google; ‘tobacco increases work capacity dengulenegl’

  5. Malik Abdul Rehman says

    Shane A Edward hello you average suburban resident,you perhaps have no idea of what the difference between science and conspiracy is,this piece of writing itself is a yellow journalism practice and the ignorant writer has stolen it

  6. Shane A Edward says

    Malik Abdul Rehman
    You looked up my city, you should have glanced at my credentials and employment history as well! Get your head out of (you know where)
    You know whats average:not being able to get into med school in PK
    If you think cigarette smoke isn't harmful then we need to check your degree and that's if you have one Mr. MD.
    Please stay is China and work on conspiracy theories.

    P.S. lets end it here.

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