When we are in active addiction, we tend to not think about, let alone worry about, others in our lives. This does not mean we do not care about them, nor that we do not love them. It simply equates to the fact that the drug or alcohol that we are addicted to becomes our main focus; the hunt for it, hiding our use, trying not to be sick by obtaining more. Everything else moves to second place. Our main thought becomes more, more, more.

Any addiction is difficult to quit without a proper support system and trained professionals. Tobacco products are said to be at the top of that list. The legality of cigarettes, blunt wraps, and chewing tobacco, if you are the right age, makes the battle even more difficult.

What Exactly is Second-Hand Smoke and Where Does It Come From?

What is secondhand smoke? It is the smoke that is exhaled by the smoker. It comes from any tobacco invention that is burnt: pipes, cigars, cigarettes, or blunt wraps. Cotinine is often found in the saliva, urine, or blood of non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Thankfully, over the years there has been a decrease in Cotinine when tested in individuals.

Why is second-hand smoke dangerous? The smoke from tobacco products contains 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds of these are toxic, and approximately 70 of them are correlated with cancer.

Even one second of contact with someone else’s smoke can be harmful. There is not a safe limit regarding second-hand smoke exposure. A shocking number of individuals have passed away due to health difficulties caused by this: 2,500,000 people since 1964.

Children and adults do not always experience the same side effects of second-hand tobacco smoke. Some issues for children include:

  • Infections of the ear
  • Asthma attacks are of increased frequency and severity
  • Breathing issues, such as accompanying coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath
  • Increased risk for bronchitis, pneumonia, and sudden infant death syndrome

Correlated difficulties that have been seen in adults are:

  • Stroke
  • Cancer of the lungs
  • And heart complications
    • Tobacco smoke affects both the heart and the blood vessels.

Between 2005-2009 7,300 American adults passed away annually from lung cancer directly related to second-hand smoke. 34,000 annual deaths of those who did not smoke were found to be caused by heart disease interrelated with secondhand smoke during these same years.

Discovery Place of Burns, Tennessee

Individuals who have been diagnosed with addictions and other mental health diagnosis have a higher correlation of nicotine dependence. Discovery Place, located in Burns, Tennessee, offers trained professionals who can help guide you in achieving a lifestyle free of opioids, cannabis, alcohol, and other addictive substances. We have small program sizes to allow for personal direction, compassion, fellowship, and the care necessary for recovery. Discovery Place is an alternative recovery program that can be found located upon 17 acres of breath-taking farmland. We offer various programs, including a 24-bed residential program that lasts 30 days. Don’t hesitate another moment. Call us today at 1-800-725-0922.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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