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Before you know the effects of secondhand smoke, you might be wondering what is this. Secondhand smoke is the smoke from a burning cigarette and is exhaled by a smoker. Side stream smoke comes directly from the burning tobacco product, and mainstream smoke is the smoke that the smoker inhales are its two types. The smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette or cigar actually contains more harmful substances than the smoke inhaled by the smoker, as there is no filter it must pass through but the effects are almost the same and more often than not, worse.

Second-hand smoke is detrimental to babies and children in the following ways:

• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death is possible to babies who breathe second-hand smoke. 

• While children exposed to second-hand smoke have a greater risk of getting lung infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Ear infections and suffer more from chronic coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems are also possible.

• Second-hand smoke can lead children with asthma and other chronic lung conditions to their worst nightmare. Children who do not have asthma are prone to get asthma when exposed to second-hand smoke.

Smoking during pregnancy, also considered as one, is especially dangerous to the developing baby. It's tied to premature delivery, low birth weight, SIDS, limited mental ability, trouble with learning, other mental issues and ADHD. The more cigarettes a mother-to-be smokes, the greater the danger to her baby and to their health.

To protect your family and loved ones from second-hand smoke, make your environment, home and car smoke-free. Do not let anyone smoke near your child and to any youngsters. Encourage your family and friends to create a smoke-free environment. Air purifiers and ventilation systems may remove some of the smoke, but these may not remove all the toxic chemicals so if you can't stop smoking, go to a place far from possible victims.



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