Smoke-free public areas have reduced exposure to second-hand smoke for non-smokers, but children of parents who smoke still have higher exposure. Green Smart Living explains that parents can use e-cigarettes for a cleaner and safer environment at home.
There are over 4000 toxic chemicals in traditional cigarettes, 250 of which are known to cause cancer and other diseases. The risk does not only affect the smoker, but also those around who breathe in the smoke. Children are affected to a greater degree than adults because their bronchial tubes and lungs are still growing, and they have a faster heart rate meaning they take more breaths per minute than an adult.
Side-Effects of Second-Hand Smoke
Second-hand smoke has many harmful effects on the health of children. These include:
- The development of a persistent cough or bronchitis
- The development or exacerbation of asthma
- Ear infections
- Low birth weight/premature birth
- Learning disability
- Sudden infant death syndrome
Children exposed to second-hand smoke are 3.49 times more likely to visit the ER and 2.85 times more likely to have had an overnight hospital stay compared with children of non-smokers.
E-Cigarette Smoke is Cleaner
A review by Public Health England in the UK confirmed that there are no known health risks to bystanders from breathing in vape smoke and estimated that they save thousands of lives each year. Less than 1% of the chemicals present in traditional cigarettes are present in e-cigs, making them a cleaner, greener and safer alternative. Nicotine levels are likewise undetectable in some models.
While cigarette smoke can stay in the air for up to 2.5 hours, e-vapors dissipate immediately. Parents switching to an e-cigarette starter kit will be reassured to know that studies of vaping in homes show that the air quality is not affected. This means they can continue to enjoy cigarettes while their children breathe clean air.
The dangers of second-hand smoke are real and they can even cause death, but vaping produces a vapor that is less toxic and has no known harmful effects, a good choice for parents.