The Air We Breathe

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The Air We Breathe

It’s amazing how fast that it is now, January 2022. So much happened in 2021 - Getting married, moving out, and getting the condominium that I bought 3 years ago. For those getting a new place, there are lots of planning and organizing involved. I still remember right after our honeymoon, Kean and I rushed over to the condo to monitor the installation of the appliances.

The workers were supposed to be there for a while but the work got dragged on until a full day's installation and a few of them were smoking during their break. Kean noticed this and made sure that the workers did not smoke in our unit as it was hard to breathe and told me that most smokers smoke because they are either stressed or addicted. It helps to relax and give them strength hence you can see lots of construction site workers smoking.  

It’s already 2022, not sure if everyone knows this but Smoking Tobacco causes health deterioration to smokers and those around them. Increases the risk of cancer, heart and blood diseases, affect sex life and reproductive system (ref 1)

I did a bit more digging and found that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), also known as second-hand smoke, is a carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) that enters the air from the burning of tobacco products, such as cigarettes, and exhalation of smoke by smokers. (ref 2) Just because we aren’t smoking doesn’t mean we are safe. Even when standing close to a smoker, we are inhaling the same carcinogenic particles of smoke. It’s like getting punished for something that you didn’t do. Therefore, cigarette smoke is the primary cause of smoking-related disease, instead of nicotine, but this doesn’t mean that nicotine is risk-free.

Location: Sabah

By having such knowledge and understanding, some public health experts suggested that smokers who refuse to stop smoking should switch to smoke-free alternatives and products such as e-cigarettes (vape), heated tobacco products (HTPs), and nicotine patches.

At the end of the day, there are many choices available for us in life, and thanks to technological advancement, now we have smoke-free alternatives and products that can help smokers to reduce harm for themselves and their loved ones. Therefore, if you are a smoker, maybe you should try to switch to a less harmful alternatives. 

Take care everyone and stay safe!



1. https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/health-risks-of-tobacco/health-risks-of-smoking-tobacco.html

2. https://study.com/academy/lesson/smoking-effects-on-others-the-environment.html

3. https://tobaccofreeca.com/e-cigarettes/the-effects-of-nicotine-on-the-adolescent-brain/

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