Chances are, you know someone who smokes. Whether you smoke or you're regularly
around someone who does, it's never healthy to breathe in tobacco smoke. Even occasional
or short-term exposure can take a toll on the body.
Ask the smokers you know to take these two steps:
Take all their smoke breaks outside, away from other people,
especially kids and pregnant women. Smoke lingers in the air for hours after cigarettes
are put out. If someone smokes anywhere inside, other people are breathing in that
smoke too. Because smoke sticks to people and their clothing, when smokers come back
inside, they should wash their hands and change their clothing, especially before
holding or hugging children.
Never smoke in a car with other people. Even blowing smoke out
the window does little, if anything, to reduce smoke exposure.
Just as a person who smokes chooses to light up, nonsmokers have a choice too.
You can walk away from other people's smoke at home, school, work, restaurants,
even friends' and family members' houses.
If you smoke, try to quit. Quitting
isn't easy because smoking is very addictive. But plenty of programs and people can
help you kick the habit. And consider the benefits: You'll look, feel, and smell better,
and have more money saved to go out and show off the newer, healthier you!