Over the years it is obvious that there is serious health effects associated with smoking. We are seeing business’s ban smoking, new laws and regulations, tobacco is highly taxed, the health of Americans are a major concern as smoking kills over half a million people each year. Many of which are non-smokers.
Even if you are a parent that smokes you want to protect your children from the harmful effects of smoking but you don’t have to smoke around them to cause them harm. Secondhand smoke sticks to your clothes, hair, furniture, car upholstery, and so on. There are over 4,000 chemicals in secondhand smoke and smoking residue potentially could be a health risk.
Direct secondhand smoke can cause children to suffer bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks. Thousands of children are hospitalized each year because of secondhand smoke. Children will have to deal with these things for the rest of their lives.
The developing lungs of young children are severely affected by exposure to secondhand smoke for several reasons including that children are still developing physically, have higher breathing rates than adults, and have little control over their indoor environments. Children exposed to secondhand smoke, such as those with smoking mothers, run the greatest risk of damaging health effects.
Because of these things the child custody courts are getting more and more vocal about this very issue. Nearly half of the states in the US have ruled that whether a parent smokes should be taken into consideration when determining child custody. In some cases parents have lost visitation and had their custody agreements modified because they exposed their children to secondhand smoke.
“The controversy over whether smokers damage the health of people they live with has found its way into child custody cases — and that’s bad news for smokers.” Wall Street Journal
We want to teach our children and look after them the best we can but we can’t do it if we don’t live it. Parenting by example is just that… we live what we teach and we put our children first. Whether you choose to quit smoking or not is clearly up to you but you must know that there will be consequences for your actions in ways you never imagined. Why not seize this opportunity to learn more about quitting smoking and visit. SmokeFree.gov