How Passive Smoking Affects Children?

Passive Smoking greatly affects young children and toddlers because they are very sensitive and easily vulnerable to it.

An Overview

Passive smoking is the condition in which one tends to inhale the smoke produced from other people’s pipes, cigars and cigarettes. There are several adverse effects of passive smoking. Mainstream smoke is the smoke breathed out by a smoker. The smoke emitted from the burning end of a cigarette is known as sidestream smoke. The mixture of sidestream and mainstream smoke is known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The most common source of ETS exposure for infants and children is parental smoking.

Passive Smoking Affects on Children

There are several adverse effects of smoking on infants and children. The children who are exposed to passive smoking at home:

  • are twice likely to be susceptible to bronchiolitis, pneumonia or bronchitis. In the United States, secondhand smoke is responsible for more than 300,000 cases of pneumonia and bronchitis in infants and children.
  • Will most likely to have under developed lungs. Their lungs have a reduced ability to function properly.
  • Will most likely suffer from severe attacks of asthma.
  • Are susceptible to develop asthma if they have not inherited the disease.
  • Are at a risk of being hospitalized even before they turn 2 years-old.
  • Are susceptible to “glue ear”, chronic middle ear disease, fluid in the ears and ear infections. These can lead to hearing loss in children. Due to secondhand smoking, many children may require surgical drainage of fluid from their ears.
  • Will suffer from a loss of smell.
  • Are at a higher risk of developing cancer in their adulthood.
  • Are at risk of suffering from possible cardiovascular diseases.
  • Are susceptible to die from cot death. When a pregnant woman smokes, she puts her child twice as high at risk of dying from cot death.

What the Researches say about it?

  • Secondhand Smoking

Passive smoking can cause the same number of fatal diseases to children the way it happens with a smoker. So, parents should take necessary steps to avoid these dangers.Provide a smoke free atmosphere and smoke free air to your child.