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Will smoking outside protect my baby from secondhand smoke?

Will smoking outside protect my baby from secondhand smoke?

No: (not fully). The best protection is for family members to never smoke since particles cling to hair and clothes. Smoke exposure doubles childhood respiratory infections, increases asthma exacerbations, and increases sids risk. If you must smoke, never smoke in the car or home and wear a jacket that you change out of when entering the home. Ask your doctor about proven methods to help quit smoking. ...Read more

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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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Which is worse? Breathing in secondhand smoke or actually smoking

Which is worse? Breathing in secondhand smoke or actually smoking

ALMOST as BAD: According to a.C.S. (am. Cancer society): secondhand smoke (shs) in us causes 46, 000 deaths/yr from heart disease in people who are non-smokers! and about 3, 400/yr nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing shs. Worse asthma and asthma -related problems in up to 1 million asthmatic children and up to 300, 000 respiratory infections in <18 month olds. Stop smoking =helps others. ...Read more

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If smoking can stunt growth, is it possible that prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke (ie if a parent smokes in the house) could affect growth?

Don't know: But constant exposure to second hand smoke can have long term health effects such as lung and heart disease It is a common cause of asthma in children exposed to second hand smoke from parents and granparents ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke as bad as actually smoking?

Is second hand smoke as bad as actually smoking?

Maybe worse: Rrecent data from long term studies strongly suggests that second hand smoke is more dangerous. ...Read more

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Can second hand smoke have the same effects as smoking?

Can second hand smoke have the same effects as smoking?

No: Second (and third) hand smoke has plenty of bad effects, and some can be every bit as bad as smoking. Effects are not exactly the same, however. ...Read more

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I quit smoking but even being outside near second hand smoke causes headaches--why is this?

I quit smoking but even being outside near second hand smoke causes headaches--why is this?

Irritant effects : You quit smoking for a while and your body is on the process of trying to "normalize" itself thus experiencing irritant effects such as headaches when exposed to it again. Being a previous smoker doesn't make you immune to it. ...Read more