Effects of Secondhand Smoke
Smoke can cause your child respiratory trouble, irritations, infections, more serious health problems, and many even encourage your child to take up smoking later in life. Teenagers who smoke are more likely than teens who don’t smoke to eventually use other drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. In addition, there’s evidence that smoking during adolescence, the time when most people begin smoking, may cause genetic changes that lead to lung cancer later in life.
Children living in households where people smoke are more likely to cough, be short of breath, and experience other respiratory symptoms. Their risk of pneumonia and asthma is increased, their eyes, nose and throat are more likely to become irritated, and they typically have more colds and ear infections. They even require surgery more often for repeated ear infections and tonsillitis.
Protecting Your Children From Smoke:
If you’re a smoker, restricting your habit to only one room of your home will not really spare your child from the effects of secondhand smoke. Air circulates, and smoke remains on clothing, carpeting, drapes and bedspreads. Everyone in your home will inhale your smoke.
If you are unable to quit right away, protect your children by:
Smoking outside, and asking everyone, including visitors, to smoke outside
Never smoke in the car
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