Smoke Alarm

I was reading Women's Health mag and I came across "Smoke Alarm." It talks about second hand smoke and that "women who are exposed to frequent cig exhaust are 70 percent more likely to have abnormal Pap-smear results." This is because the smoke has chemicals that can inhibit your body to repair damage to cervical cells!

This scares me...pap-smears scared me...well they still kinda do. I grew up all my 18 years I was living with my parents inhaling this second hand smoke. I really felt it when I played sports, I always was out of breath so fast, everyone seemed to have more stamina than I did(minus the ones who need inhalers, but that's different). I feel like my parents didn't care, my lungs are now damaged because of them.

When I reached the age of knowing what a pap-smear was and that I would have to get one some day soon, I really didn't want to. I don't want anyone(except me or my boyfriend) going to look at my down stairs. If I had known about second hand smoke affecting the outcome of the results, I would have been freaking out! Not cool. Stay safe, and get your pap-smears, it's better if they can catch something early than late.

5 comments posted:

Jenn said...

Very informative! I had no idea 2nd hand smoke could cause abnormal pap smears! This is another reason for parents not to smoke around their daughters (kids).

Thrifty Saving Mom said...

I had no clue. I grew up in a home where both my parents smoked which is ultimately what caused both of their deaths. When will people learn that smoking KILLS not just them but their loved ones also.

Wendy said...

I had no idea either. Thanks for the info.

Wendy
Around My Family Table

Thrifty Ninja said...

I hadn't read that before but makes total sense! My parents smoked too..and I'm so glad to be away from all of that...ugh! I hate when my kids go over there and all of their stuff smells like smoke. :P

Sadie said...

Wow that is scary stuff. My mom quit smoking when I was like 12 or so. I'm sooooooo glad she did. I still remember my clothes smelling like smoke when I was little, even when she smoked outside. I never smoked, because of that. Thanks for this post! It's great.

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