Impact of passive smoking on children
Children of smoking parents exposed to tobacco smoke at home get sick about 3 times more often than children of non-smoking parents.
But the problem doesn’t end there. Exposure to tobacco smoke at home (smoking by parents and other family members) has been proven to increase the risk of school-age smoking. Children in smoking families have easier access to cigarettes. They also become ‘accustomed’ to the smell and the irritating effects of tobacco smoke, which would otherwise put them off cigarettes for at least a few more years. Naturally, children seek to copy their parents and older siblings.
What are the alternatives to smoking for parents?