Dangers of Parental Smoking

Dr. Greene’s take on parental smoking… (hint: don’t do it!)

Dangers of Parental Smoking

A study in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that parents who smoke increase the risk of meningococcal meningitis for their children by about 200% for every 20 cigarettes smoked at home on an average day (220% if the mother smokes, 170% if only the father smokes).

Meningitis can strike suddenly and without warning, with damaging effects.

Keeping your kids in a smoke-free environment is one way you help keep them safe — from this and from other childhood problems ranging from ear infections to SIDS.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (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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