According to Live Science, researchers found that 41 percent of people with children living in apartment buildings, condominiums, and other multi-unit housing reported smelling smoke in their buildings, whereas 26 percent of people with no children said the same.
Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, an associate professor in pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, said that these people with children are poorer than people without children, so they tend to live in buildings with larger numbers of other people who are smoking.
Studies also show that some of the parents whose children are exposed to tobacco smoke don’t know it.
Based on his study along with his colleagues, 9 out of 10 children had a chemical called cotinine in their blood, an indicator that a person has breathed in tobacco smoke.
Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke has been linked with higher rates of asthma, pneumonia and ear infections in children, even when researchers take into account other factors linked to these conditions, such as poverty and race, he said.
“We know that if you smell it, you child will have evidence of tobacco smoke exposure in their blood. But just because you don’t smell it, doesn’t mean you’re not exposed,” Winickoff said.
Recently, one parent took to Facebook her anger after his song got a lung disease due to smelling cigarette smoke. She lambasted smokers who not just harm themselves but also harming others, especially children.
Roan Cabana Guiral said that her 10-year-old son has swelled lungs and got infection because of sniffing cigarette smoke. Her son got a Lung Parenchymal, also known as Interstitial lung disease (ILD), or diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD), is a group of lung diseases affecting the interstitium (the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs), according to Wikipedia.
“Ako nalang sana bat anak ko pa? Jan sa mga walang konsenysa jan tigilan nyo na kakayosi!!! Kung gusto nyo magpakamatay wag kayo mandamay! Dapat talaga tinataasan pa lalo ang presyo ng yosi gawin ng 1k!!! Sa murang edad ng anak ko na 10yrs old namamaga Ang kanyang Baga at nagkaroon ng infection gawa ng nalalanghap na usok ng SIGARILYO!! gusto ko magwala magalit sa mga taong walang pakealam sa knilang paligid. Hndi nyo Alam Kung kahirap sa isang magulang nahihirapan anak namin dahil sa mga taong makasarili!!!!! Nadadamay Pati mga batang inosente! Wag nyo antayin na mangyare to sa mga anak o kamag nyo !!”
This should serve as a warning to keep your children away from an environment where people smokes to avoid such disease.
Source: Roan Cabana Guiral/Facebook