A 50-year-old member asked:
Isn't breathing car exhaust as bad, or worse for a child than breathing second hand cigarette smoke?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Avoid both: Infants do not benefit from any toxic exposure, inhaled or otherwise. Gasoline fumes, carbon monoxide, perfume, plug ins, fragrent cleaning supplies and smoke all should be avoided.I don't know of any kid who is held as close to an exhaust pipe as many women do to their smoke tainted hair. There is no justification for smoking if a child is present in the home. Second hand smoke is a killer period !
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Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Cigarettes worse: Both are really bad for you, in different ways. It doesn't matter which is worse, they are both dangerous, avoid them. Both have carbon monoxide. Cigarette smoke has 10 times more particles than car exhaust and over 4000 other toxic chemicals. Car exhaust has both small particles which get trapped in your lungs and free radicals created by the catalytic converter which also damage lungs.
6.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 40-year-old member asked:
Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Pathology 49 years experience
Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers.
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Last updated Oct 23, 2011
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