Dangers of second hand smoke to children and during pregnancy
Dangers of second hand smoke are scientifically agreed to be severe and should not be taken lightly. Secondhand smoke also known as SHS in short or ETS standing for environmental tobacco smoke is involuntary. It occurs when smoke from tobacco products is allowed to permeate the environment without restriction. In simple terms, this is somebody else’s problem that becomes your problem.
Not only does it come from the smoker it is also exhaled by the smoker.Kids and babies passively smoke in this way all the time in homes whose parents smoke fully exposing themselves to dangers of second hand smoke and dangers of smoking in general. The effect is the same as direct smoking. In my own case,this is what we experienced as kids in our own home when my father was a near chain smoker. Cigarette after cigarette in our presence for years. It was indeed regrettable.
What are second hand smoke dangers; at worst passive smoking causes complications and deaths in young children and babies which is known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Children are known to have developed learning difficulties and strange developmental delays associated with prolonged environmental tobacco smoke.
The long term negative effects of second hand smoke are frightening. In whole or largely in part passive smoking is responsible for smoking diseases such as a generally increased risk of cancer such as lung cancer, breast cancer, brain tumor and renal carcinoma (RCC) a form of kidney cancer. Research has shown that passive smoking increases risk of breast cancer by up to 70% in pre-menopausal women. These are sobering dangers of second hand smoke.
Remember all these diseases are silently weaved into innocent individuals essentially by-standers who innocently allow tobacco smoke contaminated air to enter their nostrils and down into their lungs and eventually blood stream. This is how tobacco plays a role in causing high blood pressure.
Ear, nose and throat infections are also painful consequences of secondhand smoke. In pregnant women, the results of effects of cigarette smoking (passively) are low birth weights and premature births.
Recent studies also link passive smoking to stillbirth. Stillbirth is a when a baby dies in the womb at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Statistically mothers who are exposed to an equivalent of 25 cigarettes in second hand smoke have a 23 percent chance of suffering a stillbirth. Further, they have a 13 percent chance of having a baby with defects. Defects in pregnancy are in themselves a possible cause of stillbirth.
Generally speaking, should you or in an infant notice worsening asthma, allergies and other such conditions and you spend time or live with a smoker (or you yourself smoke) in all likelihood this is related to passive smoking. There is need to take decisive action right away. A more severe outcome would be lung infections, severe illness with bronchitis and increased risk of developing tuberculosis when by chance exposed to a carrier. However, remember that you will need to get professional advice from your physician.
Unfortunately much of the people in the world are passive smokers. They may falsely feel they are safe because they themselves do not smoke. However in the long run, the same diseases and consequences that smokers eventually die from will also come home to innocent second hand smoke by-standers.