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Imagine your child wheezing working hard for every breath he takes You rush him to the Emergency Room He is suffering from another severe asthma attack which he developed when he was a baby Why Your child has been expose to secondhand smoke This scenario may not be your communitys worst problem but I just want to address some concerns on the affects of secondhand smoke to childrens health and their future Secondhand smoke affects everybody but most especially it affects childrens health The American Lung Association estimated 150000 to 300000 cases of infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia in infants and children under 18 months of age every year from secondhand smoke Children from birth to 2 years of age are especially vulnerable to lung diseases because their lungs are not fully developed Asthma is more likely to develop with children who breathe secondhand smoke wwwalaworg It can also exacerbate frequent attacks Babies are three times more likely to die form Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS if their mothers smoke during pregnancy Ear infection coughs sore throat and even cancer can also develop if children are expose to secondhand smoke With all these harmful effects of secondhand smoke to children there are ways to protect them from it First as a parent dont smoke If you are a smoker quit If you cant dont smoke in your house in the car or near your children Have a permanent place outside the house just for smoking purposes only Make sure that your childs day-care school or playgrounds are smoke free Educate everybody you know about the hazard of secondhand smoke to childrens heath Secondhand smoke is very dangerous to childrens health because it can become a serious risk facing children of today and tomorrow But through education and awareness children can have a better and healthier life free from secondhand smoke
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