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What Effect Does Smoking Have On Children If The Smoker Smokes Outside
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
Yes: Yes, of course. Children look up to their parents/adults for guidance and direction. In addition, second hand smoke promotes health problems in children including asthma, ear infections, etc. There are many reasons to quit smoking, but the presence of a child is a very strong one. Best wishes and good luck quitting! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Patterning: A kid who grows up in a household where the adults love sports will likely emulate their parents & want to love sports to fit in. In the same way, when these super role models smoke they give off visual messages that it is cool. Kids forget 90% of what they hear daily but remember 70% of what they see. If they see it often they ignore advise not to smoke & follow the pattern they see. ...Read more
Wrong forum : Many things in a society are left to individuals to decide. That's called liberty. With this gift there are abuses. If a doctor knows a child is allowed to smoke by their parents then she must consider if child abuse is present. If so then there is governmental protocol for helping the child. But what about an 18 yr old smoker? Parents smoking? We can't legislate common sense. ...Read more
Does smoking clove cigarettes cause health problems in children as much as other types of cigarettes
Yes: Clove cigarettes, or kreteks, are made with a combination of tobacco, cloves and other herbs. They have all the badness of regular cigarettes, and there have been reports of people being hospitalized and even coughing up blood after smoking them. You can't lessen the negative impact of smoking with more smoking. The way to avoid the health problems you're asking about is to not smoke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could /not advised : The abuse hotlines in many states will take reports from anyone & generally provide autonimity. However, ill advised as it is, smoking around kids is not illegal and would not generate an investigation.The states allow parents to make a varety of bad decisions without stepping in & this is one example. I tell parents & grandparents the best gift they can give a child they love is to stop smoking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Adults who smoke are at higher risk to have nerve hearing loss so i suppose that second hand smoke could do the same in exposed children. Children exposed to smoke have a higher incidence of upper respiratory illnesses which is the primary cause of either fluid behind the ear drum or ear infection, both of which can reduce hearing until the fluid clears. ...Read more
Yes: The airborne toxins emitted anywhere near a kid will increase his/her infection rate, crib death in infants, risk of developmental delay as he/she grows. The worst thing will be to grow up believing it is normal behavior. ...Read more
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