There are so many articles that are written about how passive smoking puts people around the smoker in danger. Inhaling tobacco smoke makes you a passive smoker. An alternative term used to describe this is “second hand smoke”. According to health organizations, passive smokers need to be better protected. This is especially true when referring to public areas like playgrounds, sports facilities, schools, restaurants, shopping centres and kindergartens. When looking at children, the damaging effects of second hand smoke are much higher.
Unfortunately, information about this subject is not widely available. Also, there are many articles that are not correct and that offer bad information for readers. Since anyone can create a blog, thousands of misinformed articles exist on the internet. What you should remember at all times is that second hand exposure will put the health of the child at risk. Tobacco smoke actually stands out as the most dangerous of all the interior pollutants.
What many do not know is the damaging effects of an active smoker are similar to what appears with passive smoking. Studies even highlight that passive smoking is much more harmful. A child will naturally have a higher overall health risk than the adult. This is because of a higher smoke sensitivity as bodies still develop and grow.
Obviously, the biggest problem appears with negatively affecting the lung function of a child. When exposed to passive smoking, respiratory illnesses like asthma, cough, phlegm, pneumonia, bronchitis and breath shortness are common. Middle ear infections are also quite possible. Children normally experience health risk increases when faced with second hand smoke exposure. This includes:
- Lung cancer development
- Inflammatory bowel disease development
- Asthma attack frequency
- Lower birth weight
- The appearance of sudden infant death syndrome
- Decay in dental areas
Sleep disturbances normally do appear with the tobacco smoke exposure. Children normally end up feeling dizzy and develop cough, asthma, poor concentration and headache. When there are many people that smoke inside the home, the possibility of ending up with symptoms exponentially grow. You cannot protect the child by opening a window. Smoking in an outdoor area basically offers zero insurance. What you should do is to quit smoking if you want to be sure the health of your child will be protected.
The huge problem is that there is not much knowledge that is available among people about passive smoking harmful effects. There are many lobby groups that are pro-smoking and that believe second hand smoke exposure is not at all dangerous. This is a mistake in belief since there is scientific evidence about the fact that a child’s health will be negatively affected by passive hand smoking. The best thing that you can do is to make sure exposure is as low as possible.
The bottom line is you want to be sure you will never smoke in the presence of children since this is practically the only way to really protect them. Although not all children will end up with health problems, minor problems do tend to appear in a majority of cases.