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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Overview)

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 could reduce ear infections.


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Can I get second hand smoke?

Can I get second hand smoke?

????: Your question is not clear. If you hang out persistently at a place where people smoke all the time, you will get second hand smoking exposure. It would be to your benefit not to do so and it would be to the smoker's benefit to quit. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Windisch
163 Doctors shared insights

Second Hand Smoke (Overview)

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 could reduce ear infections.


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Is second hand smoke harmful?

Is second hand smoke harmful?

Yes: This has been shown in many studies and thus it is important to avoid exposure to second hand smoke. ...Read more

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Is work considered second-hand smoke?

Is work considered second-hand smoke?

Not per se: Work is not the same as smoking, first or second-hand, unless your co-workers smoke with you around. ...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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Could second hand smoke cause problems?

Could second hand smoke cause problems?

Yes: Second hand smoke can cause the same problems as regular smokers - asthma, copd, lung cancer.... ...Read more

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Can a person die from second hand smoke?

Can a person die from second hand smoke?

Yes: More than 10, 000 people die each year, in the us, from second hand smoke. ...Read more

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How can I reduce this second hand smoke?

How can I reduce this second hand smoke?

WHAT 2nd hand smoke?: Don't know what you mean by "this." easiest answer is don't hang around in the same places as smokers. If it is your house, don't allow smoking. If you can't achieve that, keep doors closed and stay in separate rooms. There are commercially available "smoke-eaters" which vary in effectiveness in removing smoke - they are similar to air conditioners, and must usually be vented. ...Read more

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How can I avoid second hand smoke in asia?

How can I avoid second hand smoke in asia?

Avoid smokers: It may be an idea to tell people around you that the smoking bothers you. Courtesy on their part will help you. ...Read more

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How can second hand smoke affect children?

How can second hand smoke affect children?

Increased Illness: The effect of second hand smoke on children is well documented. It has proportionally greater effect on the younger children where it can double or triple the risk of respiratory disease. (ear, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia)the effect is seen even at low smoke levels such that a chronic smoker would not be able to smell the smoke. Problems skyrocket if they smoke with kids present. ...Read more

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How can second hand smoke effect children?

How can second hand smoke effect children?

Increased Illness: The effect of second hand smoke on children is well documented. It has proportionally greater effect on the younger children where it can double or triple the risk of respiratory disease. (ear, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia)the effect is seen even at low smoke levels such that a chronic smoker would not be able to smell the smoke. Problems skyrocket if they smoke with kids present. ...Read more

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How to cut down exposure to second hand smoke?

Only so much you can: Do on this front. In your home, you can require people not to smoke indoors, or at worst, have a designated smoking room that you equip with a "smoke-eater." if you live in an apartment building, you may be getting second-hand smoke through your walls, floors, ceiling and vents. In some areas there are now laws requiring apt bldgs be smoke-free indoors. Clean exposed walls, fabrics, clothing. ...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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Can you get brohnchitis from second hand smoke?

Yes.: Smoke is a bronchial irritant, and could definitely contribute to airway inflammation ("bronchitis."). ...Read more

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Why does second-hand smoke cause health problems?

Why does second-hand smoke cause health problems?

It's a Myth: I am not an advocate of smoking and there are lot's of reason to quit smoking but "Second Hand Smoke" is not one of them. The expression "second-hand smoke" is a very effective piece of anti-smoking propaganda 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 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 second hand smoke make a nicotne test positve?

Will second hand smoke make a nicotne test positve?

Only in large amount: If you are in a small room with 10 people smoking, maybe. Or in a car or a phone booth. The set-point for most tests, in order to exclude casual exposure to smoke, is set in a way to eliminate false positives from things like second hand smoke. However, some people who work in settings like bars/restaurants, bowling alleys etc. Where people may smoke, may develop high enough levels to test + ...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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Need tips to cut down exposure to second hand smoke?

Need tips to cut down exposure to second hand smoke?

There is no magic: Formula. If you live with people who smoke, request that they smoke outside, or that there be a "smoking room" which is equipped with a good smoke-eater (one that vents outside). If you are living where there used to be smokers, cleaning down the walls and surfaces, cleaning the upholstery etc will help. If you live in an apt bldg, talk to the landlord about making bldg smoke-free. ...Read more