South China’s Not-So-Fresh Air | Smoking

Breathing is essential to life. But what if,  you come to know, that the air that you are breathing right now is filled with hundreds of poisons and over seventy cancer-causing chemicals? Yes, you heard that right. And who is to be blamed for this? Smokers. One of the leading causes of public health in the world. This matters to us since we are living right next to a country with the world’s largest consumers of cigarettes,  more than 1,711 cigarettes per person. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

It is sad to know that not a lot of people take the issue of smoking seriously. Even smokers themselves. They all know how harmful it is to them, but not all of them know how even more harmful its to the people living around them. Only 15% of the smoke goes inside a smoker’s lung, while the rest of the big chunk goes into the lungs of the people they are living with-second-hand smokers. We really need to make people aware of this fact, that they are not just harming themselves, but their loved ones as well, including children.

It is important for us to know what the smoke in the air is doing to all of us. Not only it is harming our health, but it even contributes to the growing pollution that is in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s pollution index reached 207 this year, which is considered to be very severe. If this continues on, we can only imagine how polluted Hong Kong would be in the next 10 years.

Smoking is one of the most critical factors of public health, and even the environment. It is important  for us to take a stand against it for a better, and healthier Hong Kong.