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Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Children

Updated on November 2, 2016

Prevent Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

If your child is exposed to secondhand smoke of cigarettes, try to limit the child's contact with secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other smoked substance. Secondhand smoke is breathed in by a person that is smoking a lit cigarette. Secondhand smoke is as known as passive smoking.

  • Open windows in the house.

  • No smoking rule in your car.

  • Have the smokers in your home learn to quit smoking.

  • Mainly, have the smoker in your home to smoke their cigarettes outdoors.

It's illegal to smoke cigarettes in motor vehicles while a child is in your car. If caught smoking while a child is the car, there could be repercussions and consequences.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Children
Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Children

The health conditions that can eventually happen if your child is exposed to cigarette smoke: allergies, asthma, colds, sore throat, irritated eyes, lung cancer, sneezing, infections, heart problems, headaches, and coughing.

Also smoking while pregnant causes many problems. Some babies are born prematurely, and may have health problems because they had an early birth. Babies are also at potential risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) because of the exposure to cigarette smoke before or after they are born.

Tips on How to Quit Smoking

  • Tell family and friends that you are trying to quit smoking and you need their support.

  • Wanting to quit smoking is the first step to overcoming it.

  • Find a hobby to do, this will decrease smoking urges.

  • Say to yourself that you will be healthier and more youthful in appearance if you quit smoking.

  • Do things that keep you busy so that you won’t make it difficult to smoke, such as house cleaning, crocheting, sewing, gardening, jewelry making, or visiting a library.

  • If you smoke a cigarette, still say to yourself that you are still healed.

  • Learning to quit smoking takes times and hard work.

  • Resist the urge by being around people that don't smoke and going places where smoking isn't allowed.

Ask your doctor for a prescription to decrease the intake of nicotine. You can replace cigarettes with nicotine chewing gum, nicotine patches, or nicotine lozenges. These products should assist with you eventually quitting cigarettes.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Children
Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Children

Be encouraged with the process of resisting smoking urges, the urges will decrease gradually. It's like physical exercise, the muscle will get stronger every time you resist an urge to smoke. Make it a goal to smoke half a cigarette per day, this time next year your urges should be noticeably decreased.

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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      A serious issue for all to heed. Thanks for the helpful hint. Offenders cannot be reminded too often.

    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Eric that's exactly right. "Non-smokers don't want to smoke your cigarette with you." That's how I feel about it.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I always think this issue is fascinating. The closest anti smoking folks and the Gov can say is that the chemicals in second hand smoke are known cancer causing agents. No study has shown that the second hand method of delivery of the carcinogens is cancerous.

      Don't get me wrong -- someone who exposes another to second hand smoke is doing the same thing as hitting them in the face with a fist. And usual rules about doing that to children should apply. This is not even a debatable issue. You are a jerk if you smoke close enough to another to expose them to your smoke.


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