Secondhand Smoke: A REAL Danger to Your Kids

by Jason 2/25/2014 8:00 AM

If you smoke, consider perhaps the most compelling reason for you to quit – your kids.

Children are extremely vulnerable to the ill effects of secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory illness, asthma, middle ear infections and tooth decay.

Yet, sadly, almost 60 percent of U.S. children ages 3 to 11 years old are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Additionally, the more secondhand smoke a child is exposed to, the more likely it is that the child will become a smoker as an adolescent or an adult.

No amount of secondhand smoke is safe for children. If you smoke, speak with your doctor or dentist about the best way for you to quit. And if you do slip and want to smoke, go outside to do it, away from your children’s lungs.

Not only is secondhand smoke bad for your children’s health, but smoking is also harmful to your own health. Smoking has negative effects on the entire body, including the mouth, teeth and gums. Besides bad breath and stained, yellow teeth, smokers also are at a greater risk for:

  • Oral cancer
  • Gum disease – a leading cause of tooth loss
  • Slower healing after a tooth extraction or other oral surgery
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste 

Quit smoking today. It’s vital for your health and the health of your children. 

 

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