Why & How Is Cigarette Smoke Harmful?Second hand smoke is a mixture of exhaled cigarette smoke and smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette. This smoke is a mixture of more than 7,000 chemicals, 250 of which have been identified as poisonous and upwards of 70 are carcinogenic. Now you know How Safe Is It To Smoke Around Kids?
Shocking Facts About Tobacco & Smoking –
- There are approximately 120 million smokers in India.
- India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers.
- There is an increase of 38%, between 1998 and 2017.
- About 24% of children under the age of 16 years (10th class) have used some form of tobacco. 14% are still using tobacco products like
- In 2007, Chandigarh became the first city in India to become 'smoke-free'.
- Smoking Causes over 11% deaths, India among the Top 4 countries
- More than 625000 children (10-14 yrs old) and 103614000 adults (15+ yrs old) smoke each day.
- Buying tobacco robs families of the resources they may need to rise out of poverty. A smoker in India would have to spend 24.87% of their average income (measured by per capita GDP) to purchase 10 of the most popular cigarettes to smoke daily each year!
- Only 5-10% of the tobacco consumers plan to quit smoking at some point.
- ~60% of the people who smoke used tobacco within 30mins of waking up!
Pregnancy & Smoking - If you are pregnant or expecting:As a mother if you have a habit to smoke or are exposed to second hand smoke, it may lead to serious health problems during pregnancy such as:
- Lower birth weight
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Ear infections
- Coughs and colds which do become incurable over a period of time
- Respiratory problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Tooth decay
- Reduced lung growth
- Onset of asthma
Creating a smoke free environmentHow Safe Is It To Smoke Around Kids? If the country’s pollution isn’t enough why do we add a bonus point by smoking in front of our kids? Even if you aren’t smoking in front of them, the place where you have smoked and left can leave residues of smoke which are harmful to your children. Throw those cigarette boxes away because though you may not be smoking in front of your child, chances are that they be curious to try it out if not in their early years but during their teenage years. Don’t put out smoke on ashtrays, even if it is in another room. Avoid it; smoke will travel in air to several other places in your house making it harmful for your child. Avoid smoking in your car, even if you roll down the windows it doesn’t stop the toxins settle on surfaces and they will be exposed to them.
No Smokers at HomeEven though there are no smokers at your home, chances are you will find them in millions as soon as you step out with your child. They can be found at:
- A friend or a relative’s house
- At a restaurant
- At the mall
- Sporting events or concerts
- Parks or playgrounds
Megha Patni is from Indore and is a mother to two adorable tykes. Apart from writing about parenting, Megha also writes stories for children and makes homemade chocolates. Currently she is also working on her first book.