I do smoke, lets get that out of the way first and yes I know about the risks and I am hoping to stop smoking. I have smoked since the age of 13. I do not smoke in the house and NEVER would I smoke in the same room as a child, although I do know people who do.
The NHS Websites Says:
When someone smokes a cigarette, the smoke from the burning tip stays in the air. So does the smoke they breathe out. Smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours. It may still be there even if you can’t see it or smell it.
This also applies in small enclosed places, such as cars. Smoke may still be present in large amounts even after the person has stopped smoking.
Children and passive smoking
Breathing in secondhand smoke is particularly harmful for children. Children who breathe in secondhand smoke have an increased risk of:
- cot death (sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS) – this is twice as likely in babies whose mothers smoke
- developing asthma – smoking can also trigger asthma attacks in children who already have the condition
- serious respiratory (breathing) conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia – younger children are also much more likely to be admitted to hospital for a serious respiratory infection
- coughs and colds
- middle ear disease, such as otitis media (a middle ear infection), which can cause hearing loss
Children who grow up with a parent or family member who smokes are also about twice as likely to start smoking later in life.
If you’re a parent who smokes, it will be hard to explain to your children why they shouldn’t start smoking. Try to lead by example and quit. As well as improving your heath and theirs, your children may be less likely to start smoking later in life. See below for where to get support.
To be honest I am a huge hypocrite. I turn my nose up when I see a mother pushing a pram whilst puffing on a cigarette or even worse while they are carrying a child in one arm and have a cigarette in the other hand. I do not enjoy smoking and to be honest I actually feel even worse after reading this. This has definitely made me decide to give it up.
Do you smoke in the same room as your child?