An infant sleeps in a room that is used at the minimum twice a day for smoking, the infant is not in the room at that time. The room is constantly kept closed, no airing out, is the infant being affected by the residue in the room?
Even if the room was being aired out, the child would still be exposed to second-hand smoke. The fact that the room is not aired out *and* the child is sleeping in the room (12 hours of inhalation every day) is very, very bad and should be stopped immediately.
The dangers of second hand smoke are well known.
"Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes breathing (respiratory) symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.
The only way to fully protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke indoors is to prevent all smoking in that indoor space or building. Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot keep non-smokers from being exposed to secondhand smoke."
"Although ETS is dangerous to everyone, fetuses, infants and children are at most risk. This is because ETS can damage developing organs, such as the lungs and brain."
"The developing lungs of young children are severely affected by exposure to secondhand smoke for several reasons including that children are still developing physically, have higher breathing rates than adults, and have little control over their indoor environments."
"Kids who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at higher risk for many serious health problems. Compared to other kids, children who regularly breathe second-hand smoke have:
* More risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
* More cough and wheeze
* More cases of asthma, and among kids with asthma, worse asthma symptoms
* More ear infections
* Less lung capacity
* More respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, croup, pneumonia, etc.)
* Lower test scores in math, reading and logic
* More chance of taking up smoking themselves
There is also growing evidence that kids exposed to second-hand smoke are more at risk of developing cancer later in life. And new research suggests that kids who are exposed to second-hand smoke may have more behavior problems than other kids."
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