Second Hand Smoke or Smoking by Proxy

Most everyone knows that smoking is very bad for health. In fact, smoking and the use of other tobacco products are the leading causes of death due to lung cancer and are major contributors to heart attacks, high blood pressure, asthma and emphysema.
But how many people are aware that secondhand smoke, that is smoke breathed in from someone else’s habit, is equally as dangerous?

Secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease and asthma in non-smokers. Second hand smoke is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing the deaths of over 35,000 Americans each year.

Infants and children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke – those exposed suffer more respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma.  Babies who are around secondhand smoke—from their mother, their father, or anyone else are more likely to die of SIDS than children who are not around secondhand smoke. Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of delivery their babies prematurely.

What to do then to protect our vulnerable children from secondhand smoke? Separate “no smoking” sections do not protect you from
secondhand smoke. Neither does filtering the air or opening a window. Do not allow smoking in the home, or in the car.  Do not take children into any environment, unless absolutely essential, where smoking occurs. Secondly, press government officials and legislators to make all public environments smoke free.

Children are not smokers and neither should they be smokers by proxy! Keep the air they breathe free from contamination and the poor habits of others. Do away with secondhand smoke.