by Lexi Abel
Secondhand smoke is smoke from burning tobacco, which includes cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. It is important to understand that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. Even a short exposure can have harmful effects on the health of children. Additionally, harmful toxins remain in hair, clothing, carpet, and upholstery in places where people smoke.
Children’s bodies are still developing, making them more vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
The short term effects of secondhand smoke in children include:
The long term effects of secondhand smoke in children include:
In order to eliminate the risk of exposure to secondhand smoke, all members of the household need to stop smoking. The home and car need to be smoke free zones. Additionally, ensure childcare environments (daycare and babysitters) are smoke free and keep children away from places where smoking is allowed.
American Academy of Pediatrics – The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Secondhand Smoke Facts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Smoking and Tobacco Use in Children in the Home
Lexi Abel is a Nurse Practitioner at Allegro Pediatrics.