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Doctor insights on: How Dangerous Is Second Hand Smoke For The Baby

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more


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If someone is smoking marijuana in the same house as a 3 month old baby and and the baby inhales the second hand smoke how can it affect the baby?

If someone is smoking marijuana in the same house as a 3 month old baby and and the baby inhales the second hand smoke how can it affect the baby?

Yes: and you need to keep the baby safe by prohibiting such use in the house. Senjay Gupta, MD has been narrating a program on the pros and cons with marijuana in CNN the past few days. Hope you can catch the re-runs. ...Read more

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How harmful is second hand smoking?

How harmful is second hand smoking?

A White Lie We Tell: "Second Hand Smoke" is a White Lie we tell patients to get them to quit. There are lots of reasons to quit smoking but secondhand smoke is not one of them. The expression "second-hand smoke" is used all the time by public health officials and physicians yet there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support it's existence. It's logical to conclude but not proven in any study. ...Read more

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Is it true that inhalation of second hand smoke is equal to how many inhalations of first hand smoke?

Is it true that inhalation of second hand smoke is equal to how many inhalations of first hand smoke?

No definite answer: It all depends on how closely you are situated to the smokers and the amount of smoke in the air in second-hand smoke. In first-hand smoke it will also be dependent on how deeply you inhale the smoke. In general, i would assume that you are getting more from 1st-hand than 2nd hand smoke. Interesting question but no definite answer. ...Read more

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How harmful is one hour of exposure to second hand smoke?

How harmful is one hour of exposure to second hand smoke?

Difficult to measure: Exposure to second hand smoke can trigger heart attack in susceptible individuals. How harmful, is difficult to state, as most people do not suffer long term consequences from a single short exposure. ...Read more

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Is it possible for baby to get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Is it possible for baby to get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Not your baby,: Who will have increase in asthma, pneumonia and respiratory illness, buth the child that grow up to be an adult might. By this i mean that the exposure may initiate the damage that takes many, many years to manifest. Do not expose your child or any one else to tobacco smoke. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke dangerous to children outside?

Is second hand smoke dangerous to children outside?

Yes: Second hand smoke (regardless of location) has been proven to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases. When parents smoke, their exposed children are also at risk for asthma and respiratory infections, including otitis media (ear infections). While smoking outdoors may decrease exposure, no amount of exposure should be considered safe. ...Read more

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Will a smokers clothing carry second hand smoke and is it harmful to a toddler?

Will a smokers clothing carry second hand smoke and is it harmful to a toddler?

Yes: This is called third-hand smoke exposure. The small particles, nicotine and chemicals that are given off in cigarette smoke can be transferred onto clothing. This has been found to be a problem especially for children. Please read this from mayo clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/third-hand-smoke/an01985. ...Read more

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How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?

How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?

Just as bad: Second hand smoke has been proved to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases. The risk increases linearly with exposure. When parents smoke, their exposed children are at an increased risk for asthma, respiratory infections, and otitis media (ear infections). ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke very harmful, and if so how does it compare to car exhaust?

Is second hand smoke very harmful, and if so how does it compare to car exhaust?

Second hand smoke: Yes. The U.S. Environmental protection agency, the U.S. National toxicology program, the U.S. Surgeon general, and the international agency for research on cancer have all classified secondhand smoke as a known human carcinogen (a cancer-causing agent).People who live in a big city for 10 or more years have a slightly higher risk of lung cancer. This is most likely to pollutants like car exhaust. ...Read more

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How long is second hand marijuana smoke in the system?

How long is second hand marijuana smoke in the system?

Depends on dose: And frequency of exposure. Count on 1-10 days at least for a urine test and 90 days for a hair test. ...Read more

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Is it unsafe to expose a baby to third hand marijuana smoke? (ie. the smoke absorbed on a persons clothing/skin who just smoked it)

Is it unsafe to expose a baby to third hand marijuana smoke? (ie. the smoke absorbed on a persons clothing/skin who just smoked it)

I think that's a YES: Honestly speaking, if it's ONLY once then, risk of harm probably no worse than exposing the baby to breathing normal FRESH air of the suburbs. However, in my experience, babies who are already exposed to adults within their circles whose clothes are impregnated with odors and smoke from marijuana, as well as tobacco, etc. are extremely likely to be exposed multiple times in their lifetimes. ...Read more

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How dangerous is 2nd hand marijuana for a newborn?

How dangerous is 2nd hand marijuana for a newborn?

Many issues: Cannabis is one of those drugs that produce problems for babies however they are exposed.It can produce sedation, weakness & poor feeding.Long them head growth in baby is impaired but the effect on development is unknown. Smoking itself increases risk of crib death & frequency of infections. ...Read more

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I had excessive exposure to secound hand smoke as a child. As a young adult i developed asthma. Is this because of the second hand smoke?

I had excessive exposure to secound hand smoke as a child. As a young adult i developed asthma. Is this because of the second hand smoke?

Possibly.. : There are many reasons for asthma to develop, including an inherent pre-disposition. But, in the right circumstances, second/hand smoke can certainly be one risk factor for asthma to develop. Other factors include respiratory infections, environmental allergies, occupational exposures etc. ...Read more

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After the smoke is gone is it harmful to you and those who don't smoke is that considered secondhand smoke?

After the smoke is gone is it harmful to you and those who don't smoke is that considered secondhand smoke?

Dont understand ?: If you test the air in an apartment where people smoke, residue of the smoke persists on the walls, furniture and everywhere else there is a surface in the apartment. In addition, it can be found in neighboring apartments where people are not smoking. This residue may be harmful to children who put everything in their mouth and can absorb toxins through the skin. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke really all that dangerous and unhealthy?

Is second hand smoke really all that dangerous and unhealthy?

YES!!!: Secondhand smoke causes about 3400 deaths from lung cancer & up to 69, 000 deaths from heart disease each year, causes ear & respiratory infections & asthma. It contains hundreds of chemicals that are toxic/carcinogenic. Even a brief exposure can trigger a heart attack. Of course the more one is exposed the greater the hazard. And with secondhand smoke so bad, think how incredibly toxic smoking is. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoking bad than a person who smoke? Now the place I work is full of smokers.

Yes: Secondhand smoke has been shown to have bad health effects in those that inhale the secondhand smoke. Is this as bad as smoking? My response is any smoke is not good for you and you should avoid breathing it at any cost. Talk to your manager and look to avoid smoke in the workplace. There are smoking in Public Place Laws in may states that prohibit smoking in the workplace. Good luck. ...Read more

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