Saturday, December 6, 2008
Want to quit smoking? Now is the time it's free no excuses
Secondhand Smoke is a toxic health hazard. After 10 years of research EPA (Enviromental Protection Agency) classified secondhand smoke as a "Group A Carcinogen", meaning it causes cancer in humans, and ranks it among health hazards such as radon and asbestos. Secondhand smoke may be the cause of 53,000 deaths of nonsmokers, using blood test 9 out of 10 Americans are breathing in the smoke 2 times more than the amount predicted. Children are especially affected by cigarette smoke because there is no way for them to escape the smoke's damaging effects. There may be 12 million American children 5 and under who are smokers but have never picked up a cigarette. Children who are exposed may cough, wheeze and have a hard time recovering from colds.
Secondhand smoke can cause Asthma, Allergies and other respiratory or Viral infections such as Bronchitis and Pneumonia. Tabacco smoke is responsible for 307,000-522,000 cases of asthma in children under 15. Chidren with parents that smoke are twice likely to develop asthma, children who already have asthma it can get worse when exposed to smoking. 436,000 smoke-related bronchitis cases has been reported in children under 5 and there have been 115,000-190,000 reports of pneumonia. When exposed to the smoke the children can develop bad Ear Infections, Sinus Infections, Hearing Problems, Damaged Teeth, Stunted Growth, Birth Defects, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.) do to damaged lungs in infants. Between 284-360 children die from lung disease by secondhand smoke or fires.
If you want to quit, Now is the time. It's Free.
Posted by Lorna Darden