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Secondhand smoke remains a big hazard on OU campus

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People should stop smoking, not only for themselves but for all of the population around them as well. Walking to class through OU’s College Green and getting pegged in the face with a huge aroma of smoke is not something I enjoy. I also do not like walking out of a building and the doorway being flooded with smoke because people do not follow the law of smoking a certain distance away from buildings and public places. Maybe you do not mind ruining your lungs, but as a young healthy, nursing student, I would like to preserve mine.

The American Cancer Society explains the major issues that can come from secondhand smoke.

• “Sidestream smoke: The smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe or cigar, has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) than the mainstream smoke. And, it contains smaller particles than mainstream smoke, which make their way into the body’s cells more easily.”

This means that I can be harmed just by taking a run outside and being around sidestream smoke from a lit cigarette.

• “Secondhand smoke is classified as a ‘known human carcinogen’ (cancer-causing agent) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”

The EPA considers secondhand smoke to be a big harm to your health, but yet people do not mind smoking and threatening others’ chances of getting smoking-related cancer, let alone their own chances. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that cessation can significantly reduce the risk of suffering from smoking-related diseases. Not only can it help reduce your risk as a smoker, but it also can help improve the health of your family and friends.

If you are not concerned with your health, as I know some people are not, at least think of those around you. Every time you light up a cigarette you are endangering your daughter, grandson, boyfriend, mother, best friend, anyone around you. The benefits of smoking cessation are huge! You become healthier immediately after making the decision to quit. You are bettering your health and all of those around you.

As a concerned Ohio University student who has seen first-hand what smoking can do to you, and how it can change lives permanently, think twice before lighting a cigarette next time.

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