Second Hand Smoke is bad for your child’s mental health

dreamstime_3088195_-lil_boy_smile-smallDid you know that Second Hand Smoke contains 4000 toxic chemicals and can increase a non smoker’s risk of lung cancer and heart disease by 25% !

Two recent studies one in the States and one in the UK are highlighting the effects on second hand smoke (SHS) on children. They both conclude that children exposed to SHS are at a higher risk of developing depressive disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These are very serious conditions and they appear to be on the rise in the population. The findings of these studies are new but we have known for a while now that SHS in children causes:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Higher risk of developing asthma and causes asthma attacks
  • Increased risk of cot death
  • Increases the risk of meningitis, middle ear infections and more illnesses that would require hospitalization.

Now this has implications for you if you or a family member smokes at home but also to us all as Hungary has not yet banned smoking in public places. The new law on banning smoking in public places is due to come into place in January 2012. The bottom line is there is no risk-free level of smoke exposure for anyone!

Are you a smoker and would like to quit? Or you have a family member who you would like to support during stopping?