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[Ambassador report] Environmental Tobacco Smoke

by Okoth Okoth | 17-11-2019 15:10 Comments 4 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Environmental tobacco smoke is generated by the combustion of tobacco products. It is composed of side stream smoke (SS), emitted from the smoldering tobacco between puffs, and exhaled mainstream smoke (MS) from the smoker. We

When a cigarette is smoked, roughly half of the smoke generated is SS and the other half MS. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is generated by the combustion of tobacco products. It is composed of side stream smoke, emitted from the smoldering tobacco between puffs, and exhaled mainstream smoke from the smoker. 

Environmental tobacco smoke, side stream smoke and mainstream smoke are complex mixtures of over 4000 compounds. These include more than 40 known or suspected human carcinogens, such as: 4-aminobiphenyl, 2-naphthylamine, benzene, nickel, and a variety of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and N-nitrosamines.

Also present are a number of irritants, such as: ammonia, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and various aldehydes. Cardiovascular toxicants present include: carbon monoxide, nicotine and some PAHs, are also present.

Many carcinogens and other toxicants are generated in greater amounts in side stream smoke than in mainstream smoke. For example, Nnitrosodimethylamine, a potent animal carcinogen, is emitted in quantities 20–100 times greater in side stream smoke than in mainstream smoke, and SS:MS ratios of about 7–30 for the known human carcinogens 4-aminobiphenyl and 2-naphthylamine have been measured.

4 Comments

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Okoth

    You wrote a report with interesting topic.
    Every time I see people smoking cigarettes, I wondered about the effect of those smokes to the environment. It is one of those smokes that are visible to human, and your report tells me that it is certainly harmful to the environment.
    Maybe it is too radical to insist on the prohibition of tobacco, but there is a need to tell people about the harmful effect of tobacco smokes to the environment.

    Thank you for the great report.

    Keep up with the good work.
    Posted 21-11-2019 13:59

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Okoth

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Environmental Tobacco Smoke

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 19-11-2019 15:36

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Okoth
    Its really nice going through yours report.
    Posted 18-11-2019 17:08

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Okoth!
    It's Lisa your mentor:)

    I didn't know that cigarettes are detrimental to the environment!
    Now I have more reasons to hate it!
    However, my concern is that smoking is neither legal nor is their a social consensus on it being malicious. Many of the smokers consider smoking as one of their daily behaviors and it is true that in most of the places, smoking is deemed as personal preference, which means that it is totally up to one's choice to smoke or not.
    In such a case, I think it is best that along with the campaigns dissuading smokers to continue smoking for their health, its environmental effect could be emphasized and promoted to raise the awareness that their choice is not only hazardous to themselves and the others in terms of indirect smoking, but also to the environment as well.

    Thanks for the great report!
    I think there's lot we could discuss involving this topic.
    Great Job!
    Posted 17-11-2019 20:12

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