Thursday, July 9, 2009

Third Hand Smoke

Have you ever heard of Third Hand Smoke? I hadn't until a few months ago when the Today Show's Dr. Nancy Sniderman did a segment on this little known subject.

Well, just to recap - first hand is when you are the smoker, second hand is when you are around someone who is actively smoking, third hand is the contaminated air and matter long after the cigarette was extinguished. The Mayo Clinic says "The only way to fully protect your children — and nonsmoking adults in your family — is to make your home and car smoke-free." Third Hand Smoke

Here are a few important facts from Smoking Around Your Children brochure found on MDCH.

Tobacco smoke contributes to 150,000 to 300,000 respiratory infections in babies every year. These infections are the cause of 7,500 to 15,000 hospital stays annually.
• It causes a higher rate of throat infections.
• It causes up to 26,000 new cases of childhood asthma every year.
• It may cause a permanent decrease in lung function.
• It causes up to 80 percent more wheezing, coughing, and production of sputum than normal.
• It leads to more repeated ear infections.

For more information about this subject, check out Michigan Department of Community Health's which includes a Quit Smoking for you and your Baby brochure and other helpful tips.

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