The Perils of Smoke
- can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited symptoms.
- increases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Infants and children younger than 6 who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of lower respiratory track infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
- Children who regularly breathe secondhand smoke are at increased risk for middle ear infections.
- can cause new cases of asthma in children who have not previously shown symptoms.
- can trigger asthma attacks and make asthma symptoms more severe.
- increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
- increases the prevalence of fluid in the middle ear, a sign of chronic middle ear disease.
- in children irritates the upper respiratory tract and is associated with a small but significant reduction in lung function.
- increases the frequency of episodes and severity of symptoms in asthmatic children. The report estimates that 200,000 to 1,000,000 asthmatic children have their condition worsened by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.
- is a risk factor for new cases of asthma in children who have not previously displayed symptoms.
National Cancer Institute FactSheet
Secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke) is the combination of smoke given off by the burning end of a tobacco product and the smoke exhaled by the smoker
Of the chemicals identified in secondhand smoke, more than 50 have been found to cause cancer
Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmokers.
Secondhand smoke causes heart disease in adults and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, and asthma attacks in children.
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
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Professor of Medicine