Effects Of Secondhand Smoke On Children

In Local News on December 29, 2008 at 8:37 am

Children are affected more by secondhand smoke than adults because their bodies are still developing and secondhand smoke can hinder the growth and function of their lungs. If you smoke in the house or in the car while your children are present, you could cause them to suffer many ill effects to their health.

Hundreds of thousands of lung and bronchial infections are caused by secondhand smoke each year. Children and infants exposed to secondhand smoke in the home have dramatically higher levels of respiratory symptoms, respiratory tract infections, and slower lung development. Secondhand smoke exposure increases the number of new asthma cases and worsens asthmatic symptoms.

Every day more than 15 million children in the U.S. are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. Millions of doctor visits and thousands of hospitalizations occur due to children’s exposure to secondhand smoke.

Seventy-two percent of Indiana youth (grades 6-12) reported being in the same room or car as someone who was smoking cigarettes in the past 7 days. Thirty percent of Hoosier youth are exposed to secondhand smoke daily.

To get help quitting and protect your children, call the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.


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