The effects of passive smoking or second-hand smoke are well-known but it is more adverse in children. Kids are easily prone to various lung infections and other diseases because of passive smoking. Though as adults we do know that cigarettes are hazardous to one’s health, most of us smokers continue to affect the health of the people around us rather than quit.
Educating parents about the health problems that affect kids is a way of securing the health of children. Smoking leads to a lot of problems in children, the results of which are terrible. Here are a few issues seen in kids exposed to second-hand smoke:
A child’s growing body is more vulnerable to the harmful carcinogens in cigarette smoke than adults. According to reports by American Cancer Society, about thirty thousand infections are caused by second-hand smoking and this includes bronchitis and pneumonia in children. There are also chances of death in babies exposed to passive smoking due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
When compare to their peers, kids exposed to passive smoking suffer from recurrent health problems like ear infections, respiratory problems, decreased lung infections and bronchitis to name a few.
A child is also more likely to suffer from asthma, experience congested lungs, cough, mucous accumulation and other related problems. Visit your nearest Apollo Hospital to get your child tested for any of the smoking related problems.
Participation In Sports
Children exposed to passive smoking do not perform as well as their peers. Various factors contribute to this with the major one being poor health. Poor circulation, decreased lung functioning, increased heart rate all restrict the child’s ability to play. It also takes time for such children to heal after an injury.
Parents As Inspiration
A child, to a major part of his/her life, is exposed to the behavioural patterns of the parents. So children tend to pick up habits, language, style and tastes from their parents. If the adults in the house tend to smoke a lot, eventually children will also follow the same practice. Knowingly or unknowingly, parents often send the wrong message to children when they smoke, thereby affecting their childhood.
Did you know?
According to research, if a ten-year-old child tries smoking a cigarette, he is three times more likely to become a chain smoker. When kids are exposed to smoke, they tend to experiment with it without knowing the after-effects.
According to a study, about 1500 children die due to fire accidents caused by unattended cigarettes every year.
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