Don't Expose Your Kid to Second Hand Smoke

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When most smokers spend their free time puffing away little do they realize that they are not only endangering their own lives, but also those of other people who are also present in the vicinity.

The second hand cigarette smoke affects the health of non-smokers present in the same immediate environment as that used by a smoker. Some of the people around them include little children who may not be even aware of the dangers of inhaling cigarette smoke passively.

Cigarette smoke contains some of the most dangerous toxins known to man including nicotine. When children breathe in the same hazardous air that smokers exhale (mainstream smoke) or that from still burning cigarettes (sidestream smoke), they are subject to the same health dangers that active smokers are.

Health dangers from second hand smoke or what is known as passive cigarette smoke basically arise from cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Active smokers may tend to erroneously think that since they are the ones who are actively inhaling cigarette smoke, it would not affect the health of non-smokers in the same room.

It is definitely fallacious reasoning to think so. Another important facet of the issue is that the health of children, who may be purely passive inhalers of cigarette smoke, is affected to the same extent and as fast as that of active smokers.

The only difference is that the temperature of the smoke that active smokers inhale is much higher than that by the passive inhaling children. Otherwise the same substances present in cigarette smoke are ingested by children in the immediate environment as the smokers.

The toxic substances in cigarette smoke that cause cancer include Arsenic, Polonium, Benzene, and Cadmium.? Other common toxins in cigarette smoke include Ammonia, Methanol, Carbon Monoxide, and Hydrogen Cyanide. Ammonia is corrosive and harms the lungs and hydrogen cyanide is poisonous for them. Carbon monoxide reduces oxygen availability for tissues. Methanol is a poison for the body. Cigarette smoke harms children's lungs by causing asthma, their heart by gradual damage to blood vessels, and their oral cavity through cancer right in the middle of their formative years. It also badly yellows their teeth.

Examples of passive inhaling of cigarette smoke can include a parent smoking while driving a car in which his wife and non-smoking children are also travelling together. They can include smoking adults partying in the same hall as their children. Whatever the events, the issue is that children need to be especially protected from inhaling cigarette smoke and for that parents have a big responsibility thrust on them.

Preventing children from inhaling cigarette smoke consists by taking recourse to two alternative plans. Isolate the children is one way, but the more practicable is to isolate adult smokers from public non-smoking environments. Governments need to ensure strict compliance of laws that bans smoking in public places. Smokers can give vent to their bad habit in smokers' only lobbies.