4 GUT-WRENCHING FACTS ABOUT SECONDHAND SMOKE AND CHILDREN
Not everyone is lucky enough to be brought up in a household free of secondhand smoke. Those of us that can relate to living in a home with smokers can all probably agree that it isn’t easy. Since you’re basically breathing in all of that tar, nicotine and formaldehyde, you might as well be smoking too… Breathing in secondhand smoke is bad for everyone, but children in particular are actually more at risk to suffer the effects of secondhand smoke. Children are still growing, so having them exposed to harmful secondhand smoke can affect their development and pose serious health risks. Below are 4 secondhand smoke facts that will make you think twice about smoking around children…
1. Secondhand Smoke is an Asthma Trigger
Cigarettes contain a bunch of nasty chemicals and cancer-causing compounds such as ammonia
, carbon monoxide
! Do you really want those toxic ingredients floating around your household, let alone your kids breathing it all in?
“Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances and poisons as smokers.” (Source: CDC)
If your child suffers from asthma, you’re only making their condition worse by exposing them to secondhand smoke. That’s because secondhand smoke triggers breathing problems and asthma. With all of the toxic ingredients and chemicals found in cigarettes, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that inhalation is hazardous. Smoking around children with asthma can give them more severe and frequent asthma attacks.
2. Secondhand Smoke Causes Ear Infections and Hearing Loss
Not only does smoke get into your lungs, it gets in your ears too! The more you’re smoking around children, the more they’re likely to develop painful ear infections. When a child inhales cigarette smoke, their Eustachian tube becomes irritated, which then leads to swelling, obstruction and fluid in the inner ear. Plus, studies have shown a correlation between secondhand smoke and hearing loss.
“Secondhand smoke exposure may cause buildup of fluid in the middle ear, resulting in 790,000 doctor's office visits per year, as well as more than 202,000 asthma flare-ups among children each year,” according to the American Lung Association.
3. Chronic Cough, Colds, Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Since children don’t really have a chance to avoid secondhand smoke by leaving the home, they can’t hide from it. This can make them vulnerable and exposes them to cigarette smoke on a daily basis. Children of smokers are more likely to experience wheezing, chronic coughs, stuffy noses and other symptoms. Smoking around children also puts them at risk of developing respiratory problems like bronchitis and pneumonia.
“The EPA estimates that between 150,000 and 300,000 annual cases of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children up to 18 months of age are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure. Of these cases, between 7,500 and 15,000 result in hospitalization.” (Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
4. Secondhand Smoke Causes Lung Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Cataracts
While there are immediate side effects of secondhand smoke exposure, there are also serious long-term effects that can be extremely detrimental. Smoking around children for extended periods of time can cause them to have issues later on in life that can be deadly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nonsmokers are at risk of getting lung cancer and heart disease if they are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home or workplace.
The dangers of smoking are real and shouldn’t be ignored, especially since there’s nowhere to hide from it. Secondhand smoke seeps its way through cracks, doors and windows and also leaves tobacco residue on things like carpet, walls, curtains, bedding and clothes. So even when someone isn’t smoking, you’re still exposed to secondhand smoke on furniture, surfaces in your home and even on the clothing you wear. The Airbiotics line of probiotic cleaning products is the solution to eliminating secondhand smoke indoors and providing a safe, odor-free environment. Spray our StaBiotics™ Mist
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