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What are the dangers of secondhand smoke for children?

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Kids are especially at risk when breathing secondhand smoke. That's because their bodies are still growing and they breathe at a faster rate than adults. These conditions have been linked to secondhand smoke exposure in children:

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • More respiratory infections (such as bronchitis and pneumonia)
  • More severe and frequent asthma attacks
  • Ear infections
  • Chronic cough

From: The Effects of Secondhand Smoke WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Secondhand Smoke."

Office of the Surgeon General: "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General," June 27, 2006.

National Cancer Institute: "Secondhand Smoke: Questions and Answers."

CDC: "Secondhand Smoke: What it Means to You." 

CDC: "Trends in Secondhand Smoke Exposure."

He Y. , 2008. Circulation

American Heart Association: "Toddlers affected most by secondhand exposure at home."

American Lung Association: "Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet."

American Heart Association: "Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?"

CDC: "Cigarette Smoking in the United States."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Secondhand Smoke."

Office of the Surgeon General: "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General," June 27, 2006.

National Cancer Institute: "Secondhand Smoke: Questions and Answers."

CDC: "Secondhand Smoke: What it Means to You." 

CDC: "Trends in Secondhand Smoke Exposure."

He Y. , 2008. Circulation

American Heart Association: "Toddlers affected most by secondhand exposure at home."

American Lung Association: "Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet."

American Heart Association: "Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?"

CDC: "Cigarette Smoking in the United States."

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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