Nationally, there are numerous laws that restrict smoking in public places such as airlines and Federal buildings. Secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack in a child. Secondhand smoke is responsible for betweenandlower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7, and 15, hospitalizations each year.
Research is still underway, and results have been mixed. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome SIDS.
A Report of the Surgeon General. At home Making your home smoke-free may be one of the most important things you can do for the health of your family.
You should be especially concerned about exposure to secondhand smoke SHS in these places: Breathing in the gas slowly damages your lungs, causing the growth of cancer cells. The American Lung Association has more information available on laws protecting the public from exposure to secondhand smoke.
The report also concluded that secondhand smoke is a definitive cause of stroke. Some people living and working in contaminated buildings are unaware of the danger.
Do not allow anyone to smoke in your car, even with the window down. If your state still allows smoking in public areas, look for restaurants and other places that do not allow smoking. Symptoms include a persistent cough, coughing up blood, lack of energy, and unexplained weight loss.
Selected References National Toxicology Program. It may increase the risk of heart disease by an estimated 25 to 30 percent 4. Protective equipment includes a face mask or a respirator worn over your nose and mouth.
Inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmoking adults 45.
Other Effects on Children In addition to serious reparatory infections children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at higher risk for ear infections, have fluid in their ears more often, and more frequently need operations to put in ear tubes for drainage.
A Report of the Surgeon General. Risk of stroke is increased as well when secondhand smoke is inhaled. February 6, ; 64 4: Their lungs grow less than children who do not breathe secondhand smoke, and they get more bronchitis and pneumonia.
For instance, some studies have shown that exposure to SHS is linked to symptoms of depression.Secondhand smoke causes other diseases and death. Secondhand smoke can be harmful in many ways. For instance, it affects the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke in non-smokers.
Some studies have linked SHS to mental and emotional changes, too. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Peoplea comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda, includes the goal of reducing illness, disability, and death related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
Exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease and stroke. 2,4,5 Secondhand smoke causes nearly 34, premature deaths from heart disease each year in the United States among nonsmokers.
Secondhand smoke, or passive smoking, causes an increased risk of respiratory illness, heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and worsens symptoms of COPD.
Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke No amount of secondhand smoke is safe.
Disparities in Nonsmokers' Exposure to Secondhand Smoke — the United States, Keeping the air-quality in your workplace clean can prevent lung damage and lung cancer.
To reduce your risk, work in well-ventilated areas if possible. Wear equipment to protect your lungs from dust, exhaust, fumes, and other pollutants that could cause life-threatening damage.
Effects of Secondhand Smoke: Facts. Reviewed By JAMES E. GERACE, Secondhand smoke exposure puts children at risk for health problems including severe asthma, In addition to cancer, secondhand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and other illnesses.Download