Hopefully nobody is smoking around their kids, but some still do, no matter the warnings. I remember telling my own parents over thirty years ago how bad smoking was and wanting them to quit. By the way, they both still smoke. I have smoked two separate times in my life over 15 years apart, but have quit successfully both times. I have not smoked in over five years since the second time I quit. I hope that you are able to beat this addiction and have a long and healthy life with your family.
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Tue, Oct 16, 2012 (HealthDay News) — Smoking in cars produces levels of harmful particulate pollutants that are far above World Health Organization indoor air standards and likely pose a threat to children’s health, a new study reveals.
Dangerous levels of particulate air pollution occur even when the windows are open or the air conditioning is on, according to the findings released Oct. 15 in the journal Tobacco Control.
For the study, researchers in the United Kingdom measured fine particulate matter every minute in the rear passenger seat of cars driven by 14 smokers and three nonsmokers. The journeys lasted from five to 70 minutes, with an average duration of 27 minutes. Of the 83 journeys, 34 were smoke-free.
Particulate matter levels averaged 7.4 micrograms per cubic meter of air (mcg/m3) during smoke-free drives, but were around 11 times as high (85 mcg/m3) during drives where smoking occurred. Particulate matter levels were strongly associated with the number of cigarettes smoked, with average levels peaking at 385 mcg/m3. The highest recorded level was 880 mcg/m3.
Even though smokers usually opened the car windows to provide ventilation, at some point during the drives where smoking occurred, particulate matter levels were still higher than the safe limit of 25 mcg/m3 recommended by the World Health Organization, the investigators found.
Children’s health problems, including sudden infant death, middle ear disease, wheeze and asthma have all been linked to secondhand smoke exposure, the researchers noted in a journal news release.
“Children are likely to be at greater risk from [secondhand smoke] exposure due to their faster breathing rates, less developed immune system and their inability to move away from the source in many home and car settings,” wrote Dr. Sean Semple, of the Scottish Centre for Indoor Air at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and colleagues.
— Robert Preidt
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What you can do:
If you’re a smoker, the best advice is to quit smoking. If you can’t do it for your own health, do it for your kids’. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at greater risk for developing respiratory problems, ear infections, and a host of other health problems.
If kicking the habit isn’t possible, smoke as far away from your children as possible, in a wide-open outdoor space. Don’t allow visitors to smoke in your home or around your children, and limit your children’s exposure to smoke at other homes they visit.
- For advice on how to quit smoking, visit our Quitting Smoking area or the American Cancer Society’s website.