Global statistic of cigarette consumption in 2014 the highest cigarette consumption levels worldwide. On this year alone, at least as much as 240 billion cigarettes, or 4.14 percent of total tobacco consumption in the world. Despite the negative impact of smoking are often socialized, many people didn’t realize that the dangers of smoking aren’t only affects active smokers, but also passive smokers.
Passive smokers is a term that refers to non-smokers that got direct exposure to cigarette smoke from the surrounding environment. Did you know that passive smokers have three times higher risk of getting smoking and respiratory disease compared to active smokers? The danger posed are three times more harmful than active smoking. Imagine how dangerous it could be, if the one that inhaling that smoke are infants and children, because theirs organ function are still developing.
The World Health Organization (WHO), concluded that at least 700 million children, or half of the world’s children, including breast-feeding infants, forced to inhale secondhand smoke.
So, what are the effects suffered by them? Here are some of them:
Research shows that children with active smoker parent are more susceptible to pneumonia. This is because cigarette smoke causes inflammation in the lungs which could causes pneumonia. There are case where a 1-year-old child died from acute pneumonia. The cause? Smoke from cigarettes on dad’s clothes that was constantly inhaled by children when worn. Terrible isn’t it?
Cigarette smoke that enters the throat can cause irritation that trigger bronchitis. Children were more at risk of suffering from this disorder because their respiratory systems are still imperfect.
Child and fetus of active smoker mother are at risk of suffering from meningitis, meningitis is inflammation of the meninges caused by viral or bacterial infection and marked by intense headache and fever, sensitivity to light, and muscular rigidity, leading (in severe cases) to convulsions, delirium, and death.
- Ear infections and hearing loss.
John Satenspiel, M.D., spokesman for the American Academy of Family Physicians, said, that the smoke inhaled by children and infants can cause ear infections. If it continues for long time, the child can suffer permanent hearing loss.
- Delayed growth.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to stay away from the source of smoke. Why? Nicotine contained in cigarette smoke inhaled by them would be transported to the blood vessels to then diffused into breast milk or umbilical cord. Nicotine that accumulates are very dangerous because it can cause fetal death and delay growth and development of babies that have been born.
If you want your child to grow healthy and optimally, then make sure they are stay away from cigarette smoke. Without we realized, smoke can survive in the air for 2.5 hours even though all the air vents have been opened. So, quit smoking is no longer an option, but an obligation. Let’s stop smoking!