From Surgeongeneral.gov


Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke in Children


  • Because their bodies are developing, infants and young children are especially vulnerable to the poisons in secondhand smoke.

     


  • Both babies whose mothers smoke while pregnant and babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than babies who are not exposed to cigarette smoke.

     


  • Mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke while pregnant are more likely to have lower birth weight babies, which makes babies weaker and increases the risk for many health problems.

     


  • Babies whose mothers smoke while pregnant or who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth have weaker lungs than other babies, which increases the risk for many health problems.

     


  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes acute lower respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia in infants and young children.

     


  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes children who already have asthma to experience more frequent and severe attacks.

     


  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes respiratory symptoms, including cough, phlegm, wheeze, and breathlessness, among school-aged children.

     


  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for ear infections and are more likely to need an operation to insert ear tubes for drainage.

     


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3 Responses Feb 18, 2010

I definitely agree!

Agree completely...!!!

a thorough and undeniable argument Kitty, but as ****** as it is, what goes on in someone's home is out of the law's control... i'm actually surprised that they were able to pass the law here that stops you from smoking in your car if someone's under 16...