Second-hand smoke is harmful for all. But it can be especially damaging to children as their lungs are not fully developed yet. Their developing lungs can become damaged through exposure to secondhand smoke. Even unborn children are affected through secondhand smoke. Women who smoke while pregnant or experience extensive exposure to secondhand smoke, risk miscarriage. Also, it increases the risk of premature birth. The infant can have low birth weight and can have learning problems or other health troubles later in life. Infants are at a risk from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) because of their exposure to smoke from cigarettes and cigars. Kids can get ear infections, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory troubles, coughs, colds, eye infections, wheezing and even tooth decay in some cases. Long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can cause cataracts, cancer and heart disease in kids.
In healthychildren.org, a website by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an article states, "Children who grow up with parents who smoke are themselves more likely to smoke. Children and teens who smoke are affected by the same health problems that affect adults."
Worryingly, exposure to secondhand smoke also makes kids prone to smoking later in life. Therefore, keep your house and cars smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can linger inside the house for a long time. Never smoke when kids are around or in the house.
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