Friday, April 21, 2006

Protecting Kids from Second-Hand Smoke - PT. 2

kipster, a CBR poster on the YABS forum, provided the following links. I grabbed a couple of quotes from them, but there's a lot more valuable information there.

From the Cancer Institute:

"The more often you're around secondhand smoke, the greater your risk for health problems. Each year it causes about 3,000 lung cancer deaths in U.S. adults who don't smoke. Secondhand smoke increases the nonsmoker's risk for heart disease and makes worse the symptoms of adults already suffering from asthma, allergies, or bronchitis.

Children are usually innocent victims­p;unable to choose whether or not to be in a smoke-filled environment. Among infants to 18 months of age, secondhand smoke is associated with as many as 300,000 cases of bronchitis and pneumonia each year. It also increases the chances for middle ear problems, causes coughing and wheezing, and worsens asthma conditions.

Facts like these show that other people's smoke is more than an annoyance. Secondhand smoke is a serious threat to your good health."

From the Mayo Clinic:

"Children's health threats from secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke has a marked effect on the health of infants and children. They're more vulnerable than adults because they're still developing physically and generally have higher breathing rates, which means they may inhale greater quantities of secondhand smoke than do adults."

1 comment:

asdf said...

Smoking is wrong period if it involves anyone but yourself being harmed. I don't care what the age of a person is.