You know how smoking damages your health. You may be less sure about how much it can affect those around you. Here are some sobering facts:
Passive smoking is now considered to be the third most common preventable cause of death in the USA.
Cancer. Passive smoking increases the risk of developing some 12+ forms of cancer, with lung cancer high on the list.
Heart disease & stroke. Increased risk of each.
Dementia and impaired cognitive function. For those over 50, passive smoking is associated with a decline in mental functioning.
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of low-birth-weight as well as premature delivery
Children of smokers, exposed to passive smoking, have an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma, lung infections like bronchitis, allergies, tooth decay, ear infections, and learning problems
While all, or nearly all, of these effects are related to the amount of exposure (how much and how often), they are all real proven risks. Makes you think doesn’t it?
Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today.
Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction.
Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.