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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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Thc second hand smoke harm babies?

Thc second hand smoke harm babies?

Yes: Second hand smoke can harm anyone's health, and children and infants are particularly sensitive to the effects of second hand smoke (development of asthma, prone to respiratory viruses, etc.). ...Read more

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Will second hand smoke affect my baby?

Will second hand smoke affect my baby?

Yes: Yes, smoke is a very potent irritant and any form of exposure will affect an infant. The infant will have exposure from smoke on clothing, hair, skin especially if the smoker is the care taker. This will predispose your infant to a variety of health issues including frequent upper respiratory problems, increase risk for asthma and progressive lung problems. ...Read more

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Can babys test positive from second hand smoke?

Can babys test positive from second hand smoke?

yes: There is a measure in the blood, urine and saliva to test for smoke exposure including second hand smoke. Cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine is used as the "marker" for exposure 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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How can I keep my child away from second hand smoke?

How can I keep my child away from second hand smoke?

Clean clothing: Third hand smoke exposure is also possible. Particles on clothing from smoking can be inhaled by your child as well. Quitting is best for your health and that of your child. ...Read more

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Is second-hand smoke more dangerous than normal smoke?

Is second-hand smoke more dangerous than normal smoke?

Not necessary: Second -hand smoke is not as dangerous although there is some feeling that it may get deeper into your lung by being more soluble (in the water vapor present in the air). I am not aware of any study confirming the latter however. ...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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What can I do to protect my baby from second-hand smoke in our house?

What can I do to protect my baby from second-hand smoke in our house?

Do not smoke: Smoke exposure in children causes a 2-fold increase in respiratory infections (ear infections, sinus infections, colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia). So, the best measure is for no family members to smoke. Short of that, you should never smoke in the home or car and wear a jacket when smoking that you take off when entering the house. Talk with you doctor about proven ways to help stop smoking. ...Read more

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How can I protect my baby from second-hand smoke if someone at home is a smoker?

How can I protect my baby from second-hand smoke if someone at home is a smoker?

Get them to quit: Of course, the best answer is to help them quit. In the meantime, have them smoke outside, and change clothes before holding the baby. Never allow smoking in the car. You might want to use a room or whole house hepa type filter as well. Still, this will not completely avoid the problems of second hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if second hand smoke harmful to my child if I do it only for one day?

Can someone tell me if second hand smoke harmful to my child if I do it only for one day?

It lingers: Studies have shown the breakdown products of smoke in a babies urine 2 weeks after its only exposure. The particulate matter breathed into the nostrils will attach to the nasal membrane and remain until shed/washed out. Exposure doubles risk of upper respiratory illness. ...Read more

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Exposed to second hand smoke. But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?

Exposed to second hand smoke.  But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?

No: Even a little is russian roulette. Why do this to your babies, your children? I know you love them. Step outside. Why continually expose them to about 30+ nasty chemicals? ...Read more

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Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?

Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?

Yes: Cigarette smoke carries lots of carcinogens and is toxic to smokers and non smokers alike, regardless of who "owns" it. Don't smoke and stay away from places where people do. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is second hand smoke more dangerous than regular smoking?

Can you tell me how is second hand smoke more dangerous than regular smoking?

It isn't: What is dangerous is that for smokers, they are adding to the toxins they already take in, and for non-smokers they are taking in toxins that they didn't plan to take in, just because they are breathing someone elses sidestream smoke. The risks of smoking-related problems with second hand smoke are dramatically less than smoking, but should be zero in non-smokers. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is second hand smoke harmful to my child if only for one day?

Please help docs! is second hand smoke harmful to my child if only for one day?

Yes but: The ideal answer is yes since any tobacco smoke is unhealthy for you. If you must smoke one cigarette a day. When smoke in the presence of your child at all? The baby can be harmed even before it was born if the mother smokes. ...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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Could second hand smoke cause a child to have his tonsils removed?

Could second hand smoke cause a child to have his tonsils removed?

Contributing factor: A kids exposure to second hand smoke will lead to 2-3x the ear, sinus and tonsil infections in infants and toddlers. It can be considered a contributing factor in the process. ...Read more

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She has a a 4ft dvt and a pe clot. Just home from hospital. IS SECOND HAND SMOKE especially dangerous for her?

She has a a 4ft dvt and a pe clot. Just home from hospital. IS SECOND HAND SMOKE especially  dangerous for her?

Can only be dangerou: The noxious stuff in cigarette smoke (including carbon monoxide, cyanide gas, & carbon dioxide) can ONLY be dangerous (they certainly aren't helpful!). Cigarette smoking is probably the #1 or #2 risk factor for developing DVT / PE blood clots (hormone supplements are the other). Second hand smoke also increases risk of lung cancer & other diseases. Best to keep her from it. Lives saved may be many ...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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