The Effects of Second-hand Smoking on Your Kids

Most of the time, it is the parents who unknowingly make the world a harmful environment for their children. If you smoke at home, outside or in your car, you are passing on those harmful chemicals to your children. What’s worse is that they can even be at higher risk of developing diseases more than those who actually smoke. Here are other reasons why you should keep a smoke-free house and care for your children.

Addiction to Nicotine

Smoking around the house in front of your children and even outside can make them addicted to nicotine, according to a study led by A Concordia and the University of Montreal. If your children see you smoking, they will think it is okay if they do it as well.

Having cigarettes at home will encourage them to experiment and there’s a big chance they may grow up smoking as well. Smoking at home, outside your home and in your car will not only pass on harmful chemicals on your children, it can also get them hooked on tobacco.

Risk of Developing Pulmonary Diseases

A recent study conducted by the University of Melbourne reveals that smoking around your children in their early years can increase their risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Early exposure to nicotine can harmfully affect airflow and breathing and could lead to serious lung problems, including bronchitis and emphysema. The study adds that even if children don’t end up smoking as adulthood, they are still in danger of developing COPD, even with higher risk than frequent smokers just because of the effects of second-hand smoking.

Child Abuse

Many experts also warn that repeatedly exposing your children to the effect of second-hand smoking on your kids is a form of child abuse. Troubling reports show that the number of children hospitalized for breathing problems, such as asthma and pneumonia, due to repeated exposure to cigarette smoke at home is dramatically increasing.

The best thing you can do as a parent is to quit and maintain a healthy, smoke-free home environment for your children. Don’t pass on the habit by quitting and educating your children early on about the dangers on their health and the environment.

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