The Dangers Kids Face when Living with someone who Smokes Cigarettes
However, even though there are fewer smokers, cigarette smoking remains the “leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.” 
And even though the number of smokers has declined, the dangers kids face when living with someone who smokes cigarettes has not.
Smoking causes Danger to Children even before Birth.
Someone who smokes cigarettes can affect their child’s health, even before that child is born. “When you smoke during pregnancy all the toxic chemicals that you inhale get into your bloodstream, which is your baby’s ONLY source for nutrients and oxygen.” 
A pregnant mom who smokes cigarettes during pregnancy places her baby at risk of being underweight when born and being born too early. The risk of stillbirth is also significantly higher. This is because nicotine and carbon monoxide reduce the baby’s supply of oxygen.
Also affected by the chemicals in cigarettes are the baby’s developing lungs, brain, and heart.
For more information of how someone who smokes cigarettes during pregnancy affects their baby, read: What Happens When You Smoke During Pregnancy?
And to see how being around someone who smokes cigarettes can affect you during your pregnancy, read: Secondhand Smoke and Pregnancy: Get the Facts!
Smoking causes Danger to Children during Infancy.
When someone smokes cigarettes around a baby and/or during pregnancy, that infant is at a 2-3X increased risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
In fact, cigarette smoking during pregnancy currently results in more than 1,000 infant deaths yearly; and sadly, these deaths clearly could be avoided by quitting before getting pregnant and continuing not to smoke during or after birth.
Besides an increased risk of SIDS, smoking during or after pregnancy causes other numerous health problems in infants and young children such as: more severe and more frequent ear infections, respiratory infections, and asthma attacks.
Smoking causes Danger to Children while they are Growing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- “Studies show that older children whose parents smoke get sick more often. Their lungs grow less than children who do not breathe secondhand smoke, and they get more bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Wheezing and coughing are more common in children who breathe secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack in a child. Children with asthma who are around secondhand smoke have more severe and frequent asthma attacks. A severe asthma attack can put a child’s life in danger.
- Children whose parents smoke around them get more ear infections. They also have fluid in their ears more often and have more operations to put in ear tubes for drainage.” 
Living with someone who Smokes Cigarettes causes Danger to Teenagers.
Children who grew up in a household with someone who smokes cigarettes are more likely to smoke themselves. And some of those children may even begin smoking as early as high school age or younger…
It’s be reported that 11.4% of high school seniors admitted to being cigarette smokers, thankfully this number has dropped considerably from 36.5% of high school seniors in the peak year of 1997. 
But teenagers who are smokers, as well as children and teens that lived with someone who smoked, face the same health problems that affect adult smokers including: poor lung development, cataracts, heart disease, lung cancer, and a worse immune system resulting in frequent illnesses.
If you or someone else in your home smokes cigarettes around your children, their present and future health may be in more danger than you realize.
When children breathe secondhand smoke, it can be just as harmful as actually smoking.
And don’t forget, the dangers children face from secondhand smoke, aren’t eliminated when you smoke in the car with the window down or even when you only smoke outside.
The only way to eliminate the dangers kids face when living with someone who smokes cigarettes, is to quit.
It’s so important to your health and the health of your children to never smoke in your home or car.
To get helpful references on quitting, click here.
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