Posted On January 13, 2016

Ayushman Sen, a 28 year old IT professional from Kolkata, is quite popular among his friends and colleagues. His childlike demeanour, amicable personality and infectious smile will make your day. But little does anyone know that behind that young and ‘innocent’ face lurks an unforgiving killer instinct. Yes, he murders people, especially kids, slow poisoning them to death. His weapon? Cigarettes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that out of the 60 lakh  deaths every year due to smoking, 6 lakhs are from passive smoking. Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘safe’ or ‘risk-free’ level of exposure to  second-hand smoke, which refers to the smoke exhaled by a smoker and the  smoke that comes from a lighted end of cigarette, bidi or cigar. Unfortunately, a non-smoker exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) inhales  the same amount of nicotine as a smoker. Elaborating on SHS Prof Rama Kant, WHO Director-General’s Awardee and a senior surgeon, says, “Second-hand smoke is the smoke that fills restaurants, offices or other enclosed spaces when people burn tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, “bidis”  and water pipes.” 

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According to a report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, around 2, 500, 000 non-smokers lost their lives since 1964 due to health problems that were caused by their exposure to SHS. A child sharing space with a smoker will be ‘lucky’ if he gets away with lung infections and more ear infections. The less fortunate ones might even get cancer. In infants, it may even cause sudden death. SHS exposure of pregnant women may cause low birth weight in babies. 

In the ideal world, every smoker will realize what he is doing to himself and to others, and will give up smoking. But, such a utopian concept rarely has a place in the real world. However, if you are a non-smoker, you have a choice. You can either let SHS affect your life or raise your voice against it. You can either let your kids silently walk toward an unhealthy future or stop it right now. You can either do nothing or download our Tobacco Watch Application now  and report any case of tobacco violation. Use this free Android app to know your rights and to report any breach of law related to tobacco. We will take it up immediately and bring it to the notice of the concerned department so that action is taken. This app is your power to say ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’. Download it now!