Smoking And Secondhand Smoke – Are You Slowly Killing Your Loved Ones?
Majority of smokers understand the negative effects and health risks that smoking poses. Lung cancer, increased risk of heart attacks and coronary problems, and those are just to name a few. Back to Top of your health online page
HOWEVER, for many, knowing these serious negative effects are not enough to make them stop. They need that extra push…that extra motivation to help them totally quit.
Dr. McMillen revealed his conclusions to Pediatric Academic Societies’ (PAS) annual meeting through his report, "Changes from 2000 to 2005 in U.S. Adult Attitudes and Practices Regarding Children's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke".
The paper is the culmination of his “2000 National Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control”. And here’s his conclusion:
"The vast majority of adults in 2005 - 97 percent - recognized the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke from parental smoking.
Yet, a tenth of households - 10 percent - allow indoor smoking in the presence of children."
If understanding the negative effects of smoking to your health doesn’t bother you, perhaps deeply knowing the risks posed by secondhand smoke to your kids will help you quit for good!
Here are some alarming facts about secondhand smoke and children, which will surely make you think twice about lighting up that stick especially when the kids are around:
(A) Compared to babies with nonsmoking mothers, babies whose moms smoked during pregnancy weigh less when they are born. This is a sure sign of unhealthiness, but it doesn’t end there.
Babies with smoking moms face an increased risk of developmental issues as well as learning disabilities and even cerebral palsy!
(B) Fetuses who were exposed to chemical compounds found in cigarettes that get through the placenta face an increased risk of SIDS.
Just in case you are unaware, SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Yes, sudden death!
One will find a wide and varying range of opinions about the role that ETS or secondhand smoke plays in SIDS.
However, an EPA study in California has estimated that about 1900 to 2700 of babies die every year because of secondhand smoke-induced SIDS!
(C) Is your home always foggy with cigarette smoke? Get this – children who spend just an hour in an extremely smoky room ‘consume’ toxic chemicals and substances whose amount are equal to 10 cigarettes!
(D) Let’s have a look at Asthma. The EPA has estimated that 200,000 to 1M children suffering from asthma suffers and worsens their condition by inhaling secondhand smoke. And there’s very little these kids can do about it! They are virtually forced to smoke!
In addition to that, passive smoking may also be the culprit behind thousands of new asthma cases that crop up annually.
(E) About 300,000 children (exposed to secondhand smoke), who are under 18 months of age in the U.S., suffer from bronchitis and pneumonia every year!
(F) Risk of middle ear infections in children is another serious and negative effect of smoking that you should consider.
Kids who are exposed to secondhand smoke suffer from irritation of the Eustachian tube. The subsequent swelling leads to ear infection... a very common cause of hearing loss in children.
(G) About 50 to 75% of children in the United States have detectable levels of cotinine in their circulatory system.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. BUT seriously, do you need to see more proof that kids’ health are negatively impacted each time you light of a cigarette?
If you can’t quit for yourself, please quit for your kids and your loved ones. And you should start NOW!
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