Secondhand smoke is harmful especially to infants  and children. This is because their lungs are still developing.

Effects of secondhand smoke on infants

Risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) : One of the most fatal effects of  secondhand smoke on infants is  that it increases the risk of SIDS. The exact cause of SIDS is unknown  however infants who are exposed to secondhand smoke are  more likely to die of SIDS  than those who are not.


More cold and infections :  As kids get older, those that are exposed to secondhand smoke get more colds and infections like pneumonia . They also take longer  to recover. These kids miss more school days. Kids with asthma  are at an even bigger risk. This is because secondhand smoke causes more frequent  and  severe asthma .


Risk for cancer and heart disease : Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. Frequent exposure  to secondhand smoke increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.


Content Sources
What are the possible effects of secondhand smoke on infants? American Academy of Pediatrics. Accessed January 22nd, 2021

Children and Secondhand Smoke Exposure. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed January 22nd, 2021

Second-hand smoke and third-hand smoke: effects on children. Raising Children Network. Accessed January 22nd, 2021

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