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.
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.

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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...

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...

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...

Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?

No. That would be like sitting near a fireplace in the winter, or sitting downwind from the barbecue at a summer picnic... kids will usually be fine, but keep an eye on them to prevent them from touching hot surfaces. Read more...

How do I tell my sister-in-law with children about second hand smoke?

Directly. Please be upfront and direct. Tell her that second hand smoke can cause heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and predispose the children to ear infections, sinus infections and multiple allergies. Read more...
Smoke in kids. Causally mention something you recently heard about smoking, 2nd hand smoke, and kids; and use that as the starting point. Read more...

Need expert advice. What illness does second hand smoke cause for children?

Doubles illness. Second hand smoke doubles the frequency of an infants respiratory illnesses. This includes middle ear infections, bronchitis and susceptibility to complications of RSV .This includes the well meaning but ineffective effort to "just go outside" to smoke. If there's a smoker in the house/day care/church nursery/elevator your baby will carry the particles in its nose for weeks at a time. Read more...
Risk for asthma. It is suspected that smoke exposure (even if the mother smoked during pregnancy) increases the risk for the infant to develop asthma. Smoke in "any hand" is unhealthy. Read more...

My husband smokes E-cigarettes. Are my children and I at risk for second hand smoke?

Not really. The material expelled from a e cigarette does not contain the toxic ash expelled from the regular ones. That said, e cigarettes promote the same "cool factor " myth about smoking and if kids find and eat/use the product, can result in significant toxic events. Read more...

Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

Minimal. The second hand smoke, a much smaller concentration than directly inhaled smoke from a cigarette, will coat the interior lining of the lung and little will be exhaled. The solution: don't smoke around your kids (go outside) or quit altogether for the sake of your health (do you want to be sickly or perhaps die before your kids grow up?). Read more...