Smoking Affects Everyone

Many groups, organizations, and unions work toward rights, insurance coverage, and more. Smoking affects these causes by increasing insurance premiums and affecting workmen rights while exposing those we come in contact with to the dangers of second and third-hand smoke.

smoking effects us all

Across all walks of life, spanning every industry and organization – smoking affects us all. The influence of big tobacco has infiltrated and affected most every arena including the shipping industry, colleges and universities, Hollywood, the medical and dental field, the music industry, food service, the political arena, and more.

Big Tobacco has either influenced shareholders, blinded employees, affected patrons, or negatively impacted the future of our youth in one way, or another. With the political backing and financial capabilities to extend their reach, tobacco companies have manipulated the odds and ensured their longevity in the lives of millions.

Groups, Unions, and Organizations Affected by Smoking

Smoking plays a significant role in social groups, unions, communities, and organizations. Unions, for example, are only as strong as their members. Members that are plagued by disease and/or poor health create a stigma among these unions. As unions represent such areas as workmen’s rights, healthcare, etc., members who smoke are a detriment to those fighting for these issues. Insurance premiums are much higher for those that smoke and create an imbalance in member groups fighting for corporate leaders to cover insurance premiums.

Organizations of Higher Learning are facing increased scrutiny when they do not implement smoking bans on campus. This is due to the increased health and safety risks to students, faculty, and visitors who do not smoke. It is argued that adult students have the right to smoke, however, students also have the right to not be exposed to harmful chemicals while pursuing their education, as well.

We work very hard to raise the awareness of the dangers of smoking and deliver our message to all communities and groups to help them increase the quality of their lives by abandoning this dangerous addiction. We have created guides on how smoking affects different communities and outlined the risks that different people are facing either by being active smokers or unwillingly inhaling the second-hand smoke.

Below you will find a set of comprehensive guides that we have created to support different people and communities around the globe who want to quit smoking and inspire other people to help our cause of raising awareness of the dangers of smoking:

Tobacco Smoking and Professionals

Some people can be more affected that others, especially when we take into consideration the daily routines and differences in the stress level among the different people. Among other indicators of the probability of becoming addicted to cigarettes, the occupation is among the most representative indicators (you can read this research to find out more about the general statistics). Below you will find our view about how smoking affects professionals and what can be done, to help people become tobacco-free:

Education and Science Professionals and Smoking 

Tobacco Use by Medical Professionals: Helping More Become Tobacco Free 
The Dangers of Tobacco Use: Daycare Staff and SIDS Risk 
Our Government: Serving Public Health 
On and Off the Field: The Effects of Tobacco on Professional Athletes & Fans 
To Protect and to Serve: Smoking and Law Enforcement 
Heroes and Role Models: Smoking and Firefighters 
At the Scene: Smoking and Paramedics 
Lawyers at Risk: Law Firms & Big Tobacco 
Professional Models & the Effects of Smoking 
Apparel Professionals: Being Smoke-Free 
Playing it Safe: Card Players and Quitting Smoking 
Mechanics and Smoking: Increase Health and Productivity 
IT Professionals and Smoking 
Mail and Parcel Delivery: The Effects of Smoking 
Commercial Truck Drivers and Smoking 
Clear the Air: Motorcyclists & Smoking 
Electricians and Smoking 
Chiropractors: Supporting Patients in Their Endeavors to Quit 
Plumbers and Smoking 

Smoking and Environment

Not only certain groups of people are in the risk group of being affected by the consequences of the cigarette smoking, but the whole ecosystem is affected by the tobacco industry as well. Read the articles below to learn how smoking and Big Tobacco impacts the society and environment.

Smoking and Agriculture 

How Cigarette Smoke Harms Animals – Hint: It’s not in the way you Think 
Greener Planet: A World Without Cigarettes 
Our Waters: Smoking’s Impact on Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, and Bays 
Our Wildlife: Smoking’s Impact on Nature 
Positive Changes: How Smoking Affects Livestock and What can be Done 
Marine Life and Smoking: How Tobacco Affects the Creatures of our Waters 

smoking and society

Our whole team here at works hard to help different groups understand how they are vulnerable to smoking and how their habits (or should we say “addiction”) affects them and people around them. Find more resources below and learn more about how smoking affect society:

A Union of Labor: Tobacco Production & Unethical Labor Use 

Smoking and Pregnancy  
Smoking’s Effects on the Skin 
Tackling Tobacco Abuse in Modern K-12 Schools 
A Union of Labor: Tobacco Production & Unethical Labor Use 
Veterans & Smoking: Ending the War on Veterans’ Health 
Bad Science: Unethical Testing and Development of Tobacco Products 
Parents and Smoking: The Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke 
Public Transportation and Third-Hand Smoke: Risks for Travelers 
Smoking Effects: Singing a Different Tune 
Tobacco use & Elderly Care: Maintaining a Healthy Atmosphere 
Tobacco Use and Mental Health 
Food Safety & Tobacco Use: Putting Food on America’s Tables 
Trading Safety for Safety: Tobacco use and Workmen Health 
Mesothelioma and Smoking 
Smoking and Women’s Health 
Foods & Drinks That may Help you to Quit Smoking 
Picture Perfect: Smoking Models 
How Smoking Affects Your Vision 
Smoking and Animals: Healthy Habits for Healthy Pets 
Smoke-Free Public Spaces: A Breath of Fresh Air 
Immigrant and Refugee Health: The Dangers of Smoking 
Quitting Smoking for the Workplace: Productivity and Health Benefits 
Libraries and Anti-Tobacco Education: A Center of Knowledge for Families 
Drinking Responsibly: Smoking While Drinking 
Coffee and Smoking: A Harmful Combination 
Marijuana Smokers vs. Tobacco 
Faith: Overcoming the Addiction to Smoking 
Recovering from Addiction: The Importance of Support 
Martial Artists: Coming Together to Help End Smoking 
Taking it to the Limit: High Endurance Sports and Smoking 
Financial Savings: Ending the High Cost of Smoking 
Supporting Teens: Enabling Tomorrow’s Leaders 
Remaining Smoke-Free: Supporting the Hearing Impaired 
Supporting the Physically Challenged: Helping a Community Be Smoke-Free 
Law Students and Smoking Cessation 
HIV and Smoking: Increased Dangers and Vulnerability 
Supporting the End of Smoking in the Blind Community 
Smoking and the Homeless: There is Hope 
Smoking and Artistry: Overcoming Addiction 
Smoking and the Energy Industry 
Young Athletes and Smoking: Hope for a Brighter Future 
Smokers: A Higher Risk of Suicide 
Traveling Abroad: Smoking Amongst Different Cultures 
Social Workers and Volunteers: Coming Together to Help End Smoking 
Protecting the Outdoors and Outdoor Enthusiasts 

Smoking amond minorities

You can aslo learn more about minorities and smoking in our set of articles below:

Big Tobacco and Minorities: Mexican American Statistics

Big Tobacco and Minorities: African American Statistics
Big Tobacco and Minorities: Asian American Statistics
Big Tobacco and the LGBT Community: Targeted Marketing
Big Tobacco and Minorities: Native American Statistics

Risk Factors

Many groups and communities are faced with equal dilemmas, such as healthcare workers, policemen, firemen, and caregivers. Smoking results in more sick days taken, more hospital visits, as well as, exposing everyone these individuals come in contact with to the dangers of second and third-hand smoke. Caregivers may be increasing the risk of disease and poor health for those they are entrusted to look after.

Firemen who smoke undoubtedly expose children, who look up to them as role models, to a greater chance of becoming smokers, themselves. According to, children playing with cigarette lighters cause an estimated 100,000 fires in the US each year, and smoking alone causes billions of dollars in damages attributed to fires globally per year.

Police officers come into contact with numerous members of the general public each and every day. Officers who smoke while out on patrol are unable to wash extensively after every smoke, thus, exposing everyone they come into contact with to third-hand smoke. This residue carries equal risk of disease and poor health as smoking directly.

Why Get Involved?

It is important for union leaders, community representatives, and organization heads – as well as for members of these groups – to become involved because smoking affects us all. It affects the way groups operate as a whole, it affects the outcome of rights that are fought for, it affects those we serve, come in contact with, and that depend on us.

Quitting smoking now can reduce these risks to ourselves, and to others. It will strengthen our causes, strengthen our groups, and strengthen ourselves as individuals. Groups, unions, and organizations are only as strong as their members and their communities. By strengthening these, we strengthen our resolve and our group as a whole.

There are many ways to assist members in quitting. Offering nicotine replacement therapies, or condoning their use, will motivate individuals. Offering literature will also help by educating members on the value of quitting, and how it will strengthen themselves and their group as a whole. Demonstrating how smoking affects us all will help drive members toward abstinence, and begin a trend in smoke-free member organizations.

Published: February 3, 2015 Updated: February 14, 2019



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