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September 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I believe that people that smoke in the same home with children present or in a car should be charged with child abuse. My MIL, FIL, SIL and BIL all smoke in the car with my niece and nephew in it and also smoke in their homes. My niece and nephew are always sick and my niece has been on breathing treatments. My SIL also smoked during her pregnancies. A child's health is being put In danger and I think there needs to be consequences for this. Thoughts?

ETA:  Just read that it is actually illegal to smoke in the car with minors present in some states.  Good for them! 

ETA:  For those that maybe don't understand the effects of second hand smoke on a child....

 

 

Health Effects Of Secondhand Smoke On Children

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September 2009

The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke," has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that, on average, children are exposed to more secondhand smoke than adults. Children are significantly affected by secondhand smoke. Children's bodies are still developing, and exposure to the poisons in secondhand smoke puts them at risk of severe respiratory diseases and can hinder the growth of their lungs. Secondhand smoke is a known cause of low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, middle ear infection, and other diseases.1

Although levels of secondhand smoke exposure declined between 1988-1994 and 1999-2004 in the general population overall, children were the sub-group with the least rate of decline.2

Low Birth Weight

  • Secondhand smoke is a known preventable cause of low birth weight, which contributes to infant mortality and health complications into adulthood. Secondhand smoke exposure reduces the birth weight of infants of nonsmoking mothers and contributes to additional reductions in birth weight among babies of smoking mothers.3

  • Nonsmoking pregnant women who are exposed to secondhand smoke tend to give birth to infants who have a reduced mean birth weight of 33g or more. Secondhand smoke exposure also increases the risk of a birth weight below 2,500g by 22 percent.4

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Maternal smoking is the strongest risk factor leading to SIDS.5

  • Infants who die from SIDS tend to have higher concentrations of nicotine in their lungs than do control children, regardless of whether smoking is reported.6

Cognitive Impairments

  • Secondhand smoke exposure impairs a child's ability to learn. It is neurotoxic even at extremely low levels. More than 21.9 million children are estimated to be at risk of reading deficits because of secondhand smoke. Higher levels of exposure to secondhand smoke are also associated with greater deficits in math and visuospatial reasoning.7

  • The offspring of mothers who smoke one pack of cigarettes per day during pregnancy have an IQ score that is, on average, 2.87 points lower than children born to nonsmoking mothers.8

Behavioral Problems

  • Children born to women nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy and to women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder.9, 10

  • Girls are exposed to higher rates of secondhand smoke than boys, but boys have greater problems with hyperactivity, aggression, depression, and other behavioral problems.11

Respiratory Problems

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The EPA estimates that between 150,000 and 300,000 annual cases of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children up to 18 months of age are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure. Of these cases, between 7,500 and 15,000 result in hospitalization.12

  • Infants whose mothers smoke are 50 percent more likely to be hospitalized with a respiratory infection during their first year when compared to infants with nonsmoking mothers. Infants whose mothers smoke in the same room have a 56 percent higher risk of being hospitalized compared to infants whose mothers smoke in a separate room. There is a 73 percent higher risk if mothers smoke while holding their infants and a 95 percent higher risk if mothers smoke while feeding their infants.13

  • Early exposure to cigarette smoke is a likely significant independent risk factor for subsequent respiratory disease. It is likely that in utero damage is compounded by increased susceptibility to the effects of continued postnatal secondhand smoke exposure.14

Asthma

  • Asthma attacks are perhaps the most well-known health effect of secondhand smoke exposure among children. Secondhand smoke exposure increases the frequency of episodes and the severity of symptoms in asthmatic children. The EPA estimates that 200,000 to 1,000,000 asthmatic children have their condition worsened by exposure to secondhand smoke.15

  • Secondhand smoke exposure is associated with increased respiratory-related school absenteeism among children, especially those with asthma.16

  • Maternal and grand maternal smoking may increase the risk of childhood asthma. Relative to children of never-smokers, children whose mothers smoked throughout the pregnancy have an elevated risk of asthma in the first five years of life. Children whose mothers quit smoking prior to the pregnancy show no increased risk.17

  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes children who already have asthma to experience more frequent and severe attacks.18

  • Maternal smoking, in utero and later, is significantly related to lifetime wheezing in offspring.19

Repercussions on Adult Health

  • Not only does in utero and childhood secondhand smoke exposure cause decreased lung function and asthma in children, but such exposure is also responsible for poor lung function and respiratory disease in adults. Men who report postnatal secondhand smoke exposure and women who report prenatal exposure are more likely to have respiratory problems as adults.20, 21

  • Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure raises adolescents' risk of metabolic syndrome - a disorder associated with excessive belly fat that increases one's chances of heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes.22

  • The level of secondhand smoke a child is exposed to is directly proportional to the likelihood of the child becoming a smoker as an adolescent or an adult.23

  • Moderate exposure to tobacco smoke is associated with decreased elasticity of the abdominal aorta in healthy 11-year-old children. Altered aortic elasticity is an early marker of atherosclerosis.24

  • SHS exposure in motor vehicles may be associated with nicotine dependence symptoms among young never-smokers.25

  • Women exposed to six or more hours of secondhand smoke a day as children and as adults have a 68 percent greater chance of having difficulty conceiving and suffering more miscarriages.26

  • There is an increased risk of failed embryo implantation among women reporting current secondhand tobacco smoke exposure.27

  • In subjects hospitalized because of early wheezing, prenatal and postnatal secondhand smoke exposure is a risk factor for asthma in early adulthood. The connection between prenatal smoke exposure and asthma appears to be mediated via the development of bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Smoke exposure in infancy is associated with an increased risk of active smoking in early adult age, which in turn, is linked to current asthma.28

  • The adverse effects of postnatal smoking on development of airway growth may persist into early adulthood.29

May be reprinted with appropriate attribution to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation,© 2009.


REFERENCES

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  17. Yu-Fhen, Li. et al., "Maternal and Grandmaternal Smoking Pattern Are Associated With Early Childhood Asthma," Chest, 127(4): 1232, 2005.
  18. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Children are Hurt by Secondhand Smoke. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006.
  19. Raherison, C.; Penard-Morand, C.; Moreau, D.; Caillaud, D.; Charpin, D.; Kopfersmitt, C.; Lavaud, F.; Taytard, A.; Annesi-maesano, I., "In utero and childhood exposure to parental tobacco smoke, and allergies in schoolchildren," Respiratory Medicine [epub ahead of print], May 28, 2006.
  20. Svanes, C.; Omenaas, E.; Jarvis, D.; Chinn, S.; Gulsvik, A.; Burney, P., "Parental smoking in childhood and adult obstructive lung disease: results from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey," Thorax 59(4): 295-302, April 1, 2004.
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  24. Kallio, K.; Jokinen, E.; Hamalainen, M.; Saarinen, M.; Volanen, I.; Kaitosaari, T.; Viikari, J.; Ronnemaa, T.; Simell, O.; Raitakari, O.T., "Decreased aortic elasticity in healthy 11-year-old children exposed to tobacco smoke," Pediatrics 123(2): e267-e273, February 2009.
  25. Belanger, M.; O'Loughlin, J.; Okoli, C.T.C.; McGrath, J.J.; Setia, M.; Guyon, L.; Gervais, A., "Nicotine dependence symptoms among young never-smokers exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke," Addictive Behaviors [Epub ahead of print], July 23, 2008.
  26. Secondhand smoke raises odds of fertility problems in women," Science Daily, December 5, 2008.
  27. Meeker, J.D.; Missmer, S.A.; Vitonis, A.F.; Cramer, D.W.; Hauser, R., "Risk of spontaneous abortion in women with childhood exposure to parental cigarette smoke," American Journal of Epidemiology 166(5): 571-575, September 1, 2007.
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  29. Hayatbakhsh, M.R.; Sadasivam, S.; Mamun, A.A.; Najman, J.M.; O'Callaghan, M.J., "Maternal smoking during and after pregnancy and lung function in early adulthood: a prospective study," Thorax [Epub ahead of print], June 11, 2009.

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  • Sat.Wed
    by Sat.Wed
    September 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
    agreed!


    Quoting TheMrs407:

    No. I don't like it, I won't do it, but suggesting this underminds real victims of abuse...and is sick IMO.

  • .bombshell.
    September 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
    Yes, especially in cases like ur niece and nephew.
  • LoriLou75
    September 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM
    I think it is wrong, but not a big supporter of allowing "the man" to dictate what people do in their own homes. I also grew up in an era when smoking was allowed in hospital waiting rooms, so.....
  • crzy4mc
    by crzy4mc
    September 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
    It sounds as though she was simply venting.
    My husband smokes outside and my daughter does the same thing. I am not going to move and I am most certainly going to bitch about it bc I can.


    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    Nope actually getting quite the laugh Im totally serious though IF its such an issue w/her she needs to do something instead of "complaing" about it its called being a parent!




    Quoting crzy4mc:

    Bitter much?





    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    What are you 12? Cunt? really is that suppose to "hurt" my feelings? Girl Im sure I am way more mature than you and the fact you "whine" about your mom smokeing around your kid do something about and quit complaiining if it means grandma cant be around grandkid then so be it YOUR the childs mother its all up to YOU








    Quoting adulation:

    And you seem like a cunt but I didn't butt into your business.  I was responding to the OP, not to you. 

    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    I care for my childern (one whom is special needs) and yes I HELP my parents w/my grandmother AND helping with my brother and sister so dont even go there girl, IF your sooooo worried then DO SOMETHING and STOP complaing you sound like a snivleing little brat #just saying














    Quoting adulation:

    nah, I just call my daughter back inside and tell her she's not allowed to be around grandma when she's smoking.  but i'm sure she does it when i'm not home.  I can't move, my mom can't afford for me to.  Maybe you're that much of a bitch but I'm not.  I help her take care of her mom as well.

    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    Then MOVE and STOP bitching

















    Quoting adulation:


    I





    live with my mom and she smokes.  not in the house, 99% of the time,





    but she will let my dughter go outside with her while she smokes and it





    pisses me off.  i hate it!

    but, I don't think it should be illegal.  I just think she should have more compassion and common sense! ugh.



















  • Mamaof3and1tobe
    September 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
    Yes... Lets call cps on people who smoker while other children are being raped and neglected living in deplorable conditions.
  • amyrw
    by amyrw
    September 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM
    I want to quit smoking. Thank you for this comment, its pretty interesting to see a timeline

    Quoting jenzachsam:

    I've been a non-smoker for almost a year now and because of my oldest ds is why I quit smoking in the first place.  My oldest ds asked me to quit smoking and I did it for him and myself.  I never smoked in my house or car in front of my boys.  I was a die hard smoker for 15 years and was up to two packs a day.  I quit cold turkey and haven't looked back.  My kids mean more to me then a pack of smokes.  So here is what happens to your lungs if you quit smoking now...


      Within ...

  • 20 minutes
  • Your blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet will all return to normal.
  • 8 hours
  • Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.25% reduction.
  • 12 hours
  • Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal.
  • 24 hours
  • Anxieties peak in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.
  • 48 hours
  • Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability peaks.
  • 72 hours
  • Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine.  Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day will peak for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and the lungs functional abilities are starting to increase.
  • 5 - 8 days
  • The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although serious cessation time distortion can make minutes feel like hours, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time them.
  • 10 days
  • 10 days - The "average ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day, each less than 3 minutes.
  • 10 days to 2 weeks
  • Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in our gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user.
  • 2 to 4 weeks
  • Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician.
  • 21 days
  • Brain acetylcholine receptor counts up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence have now down-regulated and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.
  • 3 weeks to 3 months
  • Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared.
  • 1 to 9 months
  • Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath have decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean, and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.
  • 1 year
  • Your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.
  • 5 to 15 years
  • Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.
  • 10 years
  • Your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% and 50% of that for a continuing smoker (2005 study). Risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day).  Your risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study), while risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus has also declined. Your risk of developing diabetes is now similar to that of a never-smoker (2012 study).
  • 13 years
  • Your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker (2006 study).
  • 15 years
  • Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked.
  • 20 years
  • Female excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, has now reduced to that of a never-smoker (2008 study). Risk of pancreatic cancer reduced to that of a never-smoker (2011 study).



  • Sat.Wed
    by Sat.Wed
    September 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
    What is up everyones tushies today? Dang, I get bawled out because I REFUSE To comment on 9/11 posts because what I remember is loseing 1/2 days wages AND the hatred that has spread like slime but whatever carry on looking like cry babies


    Quoting crzy4mc:

    It sounds as though she was simply venting.

    My husband smokes outside and my daughter does the same thing. I am not going to move and I am most certainly going to bitch about it bc I can.




    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    Nope actually getting quite the laugh Im totally serious though IF its such an issue w/her she needs to do something instead of "complaing" about it its called being a parent!






    Quoting crzy4mc:

    Bitter much?







    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    What are you 12? Cunt? really is that suppose to "hurt" my feelings? Girl Im sure I am way more mature than you and the fact you "whine" about your mom smokeing around your kid do something about and quit complaiining if it means grandma cant be around grandkid then so be it YOUR the childs mother its all up to YOU










    Quoting adulation:

    And you seem like a cunt but I didn't butt into your business.  I was responding to the OP, not to you. 

    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    I care for my childern (one whom is special needs) and yes I HELP my parents w/my grandmother AND helping with my brother and sister so dont even go there girl, IF your sooooo worried then DO SOMETHING and STOP complaing you sound like a snivleing little brat #just saying

















    Quoting adulation:

    nah, I just call my daughter back inside and tell her she's not allowed to be around grandma when she's smoking.  but i'm sure she does it when i'm not home.  I can't move, my mom can't afford for me to.  Maybe you're that much of a bitch but I'm not.  I help her take care of her mom as well.

    Quoting Sat.Wed:

    Then MOVE and STOP bitching




















    Quoting adulation:


    I






    live with my mom and she smokes.  not in the house, 99% of the time,






    but she will let my dughter go outside with her while she smokes and it






    pisses me off.  i hate it!

    but, I don't think it should be illegal.  I just think she should have more compassion and common sense! ugh.






















  • homeschoolx3
    September 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM


    Quoting autumn_sunset:

    It's not about keeping them in a bubble it's about lung cancer.

    Quoting Justine1123:

    My mom smokes in the car when my daughters in it. I don't believe it's abuse but whatever. You can't keep them in a bubble.


  • homeschoolx3
    September 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM


    Quoting autumn_sunset:

    It's not about keeping them in a bubble it's about lung cancer.

    Quoting Justine1123:

    My mom smokes in the car when my daughters in it. I don't believe it's abuse but whatever. You can't keep them in a bubble.

    OMG!! You are just as delusional as the one who posted this phoney crap.  Funny how the health nuts that buy right into what the nanny govt tells them,and are usually the ones who croak before everyone else.

  • autumn_sunset
    September 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM
    So you think smoking is good for you? What does that make you?

    Quoting homeschoolx3:



    Quoting autumn_sunset:

    It's not about keeping them in a bubble it's about lung cancer.



    Quoting Justine1123:

    My mom smokes in the car when my daughters in it. I don't believe it's abuse but whatever. You can't keep them in a bubble.

    OMG!! You are just as delusional as the one who posted this phoney crap.  Funny how the health nuts that buy right into what the nanny govt tells them,and are usually the ones who croak before everyone else.

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