Pedestrians subjected to secondhand smoke are at risk for similar problems as smokers. If smokers claim to have rights, what about pedestrians that are trying to live their lives without nicotine intake? They also have rights.
Secondhand smoke has chemicals that cause lung cancer, and even larynx, rectum, and brain cancer. Non-smokers inhaling secondhand smoke are exposed to nicotine and toxic chemicals, causing these harmful chemicals to enter their bodies.
Secondhand smoke also has a vast impact on infants and children. The toxic chemicals that are being inhaled through secondhand smoke interferes with the brain development of children, along with their breathing cycles. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome where children have unexplained deaths in their first year of life. It can also trigger asthma attacks in children, which can put a child’s life in danger.
To avoid being in such dangerous health conditions as a result of inhaling secondhand smoke, the only option is complete avoidance. Therefore, avoidance of secondhand smoke should be a human right.
Smokers should also recognize the harmful effects that non-smokers have to face as a result of them smoking in public. Necessary changes must be implemented to ban smoking in public areas.