Passive Smoking among Children


[FONT=&quot]Passive smoking or second smoking is also as hazardous as smoking. The people around a smoker also breathe in all the poisonous gases as the smoker. The smoker pollutes the air around him and hence people near are equally affected. They tend to breathe in the tiny particles that mix with the surrounding air from the cigarette smoke. Children are more adversely affected due to passive smoking than adults. It is very important that the house and car be kept smoke free. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Substances such as tar, which is made of cancer causing agents, carbon monoxide, which lowers oxygen level in the blood and poisons like arsenic, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, tend to reach the lungs of passive smokers. Utmost care should be taken to prevent children from breathing in these chemicals and increasing the risks of illness.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Besides irritation of eyes and the airways, passive smoking among children increases the risk of developing pneumonia, bronchitis, coughing and wheezing, middle ear infections and serious asthma attacks. Research shows that passive smoking increases the child’s risk of developing heart disease and cancer as an adult. In some children it may also affect learning, language difficulties and behavioral problems. It is also seen that children affected due to passive smoking have more dental decay than other children. Studies reveal that passive smokers are more susceptible to diabetes than others.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Childhood illness is very distressing, worrying and expensive for parents. Hence it is the parent’s responsibility to use [B]Stop smoking medication[/B] or other natural methods and get rid of the smoking habit and thus protect their children from passive smoking.[/FONT]