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.

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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...

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...

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...
Avoidance. This depends on the individual and how much total exposure he has had. Pregnant women who smoke tend to have babies with lower birth weight. The younger the person , the higher the risk for permanent damages to the lungs. There is also some studies showing that children exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to develop asthma. There is not a good thing that tobacco smoke can give you. Read more...

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...

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...

What are the health effects of second hand smoke in a vehicle with their children inside?

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...
Significant. Second hand smoke from the inside of a car can cause significant respiratory illness, as well as predispose the child to heart disease as an adult. Read more...
Second hand smoke. Second hand smoke increases a child's chance of developing asthma, allergies, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. Babies exposed to smoke before or after birth have an increased chance of dying from sids. If adults must smoke it is best left to open air when it doesn't leave the deadly residue and carcinogenic chemicals. Cars and houses should be no smoking zones. Read more...

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...