How Secondhand Smoke Affects Children

How Secondhand Smoke Affects Children

The Great American Smokeout is the American Cancer Society’s call to stop smoking. We all know that smoking leads to serious health problems for adults, but many people just don’t get that being in a room that smells like smoke increases and prolongs colds, coughs, sinus infections, and asthma in children. Secondhand smoke is responsible for 2 million ear infections in children each year.

I know smoking is a tough habit to quit. If adults choose to continue to smoke, please don’t do it in the same room as a child. Invest in HEPA air filters, houseplants, and a fresh coat of paint.  Even better — use the Great American Smokeout as a time to give yourself and your child a tremendous gift by starting a new, smoke-free life.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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