Second Hand Smoke and Children

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by Smokee in Smokee Blog

According to the American Cancer Society, second-hand smoke is extremely harmful to children. Second hand smoke (SHS) is made up of both the smoke that comes off of the smoker’s cigarette and the smoke that is exhaled by the smoker. This harmful material that the smoker chooses to expose children to leads to “between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in children under 18 months of age, and lung infections resulting in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year” (www.cancer.org).

In addition, studies have also determined that second hand smoke puts infants at a higher risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Children who are repeatedly inhale the smoke from their parents and care-givers also show increased ear and respiratory infections, and more severe and more frequent asthma attacks. Overall, these kids have more pneumonia, coughing, wheezing, and bronchitis than children of more conscientious non-smoking parents.

All this information makes one wonder why a parent would ever smoke near a child! However, everyday, I see parents walking down the street, with a cigarette in one hand and their child’s hand in the other hand, or pushing a stroller while smoking, or puffing away while they fill their car up with harmful smoke. It is so upsetting to see how ignorant these parents are of the harmful effects they are having on their own kids. I’d like to assume that they just don’t know how bad it is….because the alternative is that they do know, but they just don’t care.

Parents and caregivers of children are a great target audience for electronic cigarettes. The difficulty quitting and the strong addictive nature of cigarettes is well-documented. While trying to quit, parents should be trying e-cigs so that they eliminate the harmful effects of second hand smoke on their children.

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