About Cigarette Smell

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Cigarette smell is the most potent when it comes from a lit or burning cigarette. When the cigarette burns, it omits smoke and stain-causing chemicals that can easily attach to nearby items such as clothing, painted surfaces and fabric surfaces.

Significance

  • Cigarette smell easily attaches itself to most porous items and is very difficult to get rid of. Cigarette smell can be a turn-on for some and allow them to crave a cigarette, which can be difficult for those who are trying to quit smoking. Over 44.5 million Americans smoke, but the amount is decreasing on a yearly basis due to raised awareness from health activists and government health officials. Smoke-free restaurants and facilities are gaining in popularity around the world by promoting a healthy environment for everyone regardless if they smoke or not.

Types

  • There are two types of cigarette smoke: second-hand smoke and the smoke that is directly inhaled by the cigarette smoker. While both are severely toxic, second-hand smoke can affect nearby people and pets that may already have underlying health issues and make them worse. Second-hand smoke reaches the person's lungs by breathing in the smoke from the burning cigarette. The smoke then travels into the lungs and bronchial area with no filter, allowing all of the chemicals and toxins to adhere to the lining of the throat and lungs. Directly inhaled smoke by the person smoking quickly fills up the lungs and also seeps into the bloodstream. If a woman is pregnant, the unborn baby can also feel the nicotine and effects from the cigarette, causing an addictive behavior to nicotine as well as low birth weight due to lack of oxygen and essential nutrients.

Effects

  • Cigarette smell has a tendency to fill up an area quickly with a cloud of thick, toxic smoke. Even if the smoker is smoking outdoors or in a large open space, the smoke can easily travel to surrounding areas and affect living things such as plants, animals and humans. For many, watery eyes, coughing and even wheezing are all side effects of second-hand smoke and even directly inhaled smoke. Cigarette smell adheres to clothing, causing a distinct, unpleasant odor that can be recognized by many.

Prevention/Solution

  • Avoiding direct inhalation of cigarette smoke is the only way to stay safe from the harmful effects and health concerns that it causes. One should not smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding, as the chemicals in the cigarette will affect the unborn baby adversely. Keeping cigarette smoke and smell away from small children and the elderly will help to prevent long-term breathing issues as well as certain diseases such as cancers and emphysema. Removing cigarette smell from clothes can be done by washing the clothing in a strong detergent in warm to hot water. Household baking soda will also help to absorb cigarette odors in clothing when used along with detergent during the wash cycle.

Warning

  • Cigarette smell and smoke can cause serious health issues. One of the most serious illnesses that can come from cigarettes is lung cancer and it is the No.1 health concern directly linked to smoking and second-hand smoking. Asthma, bronchitis, esophageal cancer, heart disease, aneurysms, emphysema, stroke and pneumonia are other long-term effects from breathing in cigarette smell. Cigarette smell can cause breathing difficulties in infants and young children as well as increase their chances of smoking when they get older.

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