Rhetorical Question: Would any sane person allow a toddler to smoke? -Then why would someone subject a child to secondhand smoke? -All persons within 100 feet of a smoker are at risk of inhaling the harmful chemicals in the smoke.
American Cancer Society defines:
-“secondhand smoke (SHS) also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco: A. Sidestream smoke – the smoke that comes from the lighted end I. Higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) B. Mainstream smoke – the smoke that is exhaled by a smoker.
-Harmful to everyone, especially to children.
-According to the Center for Disease Control, “There is no safe exposure to secondhand smoke.”
-Children's lungs are not fully developed
-Secondhand smoke decreases lung efficiency ans impairs lung function in children of all ages
-ETS increases the frequency and severity of childhood asthma - ETS causes chronic respiratory problems (coughing, postnasal drip)
-Secondhand smoke increases number of colds and sore throats -ETS can cause early development of bronchitis and pneumonia -According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, “In a 1992 study by the Environmental Protection Agency, ETS causes 150,000- 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections each year in infants and children under 18 months old. These illnesses result in as many as 15,000 hospitalizations.”
-Secondhand smoke significantly increases a non-smokers chance of developing lung cancer. -According to the National Cancer Institute, “Secondhand smoke is responsible for an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths, and 46,000 deaths due to heart disease among non- smokers.” -Evidence has linked ETS with childhood leukemia and cancers of the larynx, (voice box), pharynx (Throat). Secondhand Smoke while Pregnant:...