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Cumbria's hospitals treat 100 children a year for second-hand smoke illnesses

Around 100 children in Cumbria in a year are admitted to hospital with illnesses caused by breathing in second-hand smoke.

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Dr Nigel Calvert

Dr Nigel Calvert, of NHS Cumbria, wants to raise awareness of the dangers of second-hand smoke on children and said adults smoking in cars led to them suffering from illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma.

“Attitudes to smoking at home vary and some people will often smoke outside or away from their child,” he said.

“The same does not always apply in the car.

“Exposure to second-hand smoke also has immediate health effects. It can reduce lung function; exacerbate respiratory problems; trigger asthma attacks; reduce coronary blood flow; irritate eyes; and cause headaches, coughs, sore throats, dizziness and nausea.

“For children, it can be particularly harmful.”

He said more than 80 per cent of second-hand smoke was invisible and, despite parents’ good intentions, they were still exposing children to smoke even if they kept the windows in cars open.

“Secondhand smoke has over 4,500 chemicals, many of which are toxins and more than 50 are known carcinogens – all of which can still be present in the car long after you’ve finished,” Dr Calvert said.

“Research from Canada shows a single cigarette smoked inside a moving car with its windows closed produces a level of second-hand smoke seven times higher than the level that used to be found in an average smoky bar.

“Even if a child isn’t present every time their parents drive, tobacco smoke can linger on car seats and can still cause harm.”

He said he hoped that by raising awareness of the dangers, parents and other adults would change their behaviour and think about the impact of their habit on others, particularly children whose health was “entirely vulnerable” to second-hand smoke.

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don't see the issue here, you shouldn't expose kids to cigarette smoke. even the tobacco industry is against kids being exposed to it

Posted by james on 21 March 2013 at 21:16

What we are all witnessing is Government taking total control over our lives, removing any decisions that a parent can make ... from the cradle to the grave under Government control.

This is now a reality and stems from a United Nations initiative called Agenda 21.

http://www.infowars.com/agenda-21-for-dummies-new-world-order-depopulation-exposed/

Posted by Bill Gibson on 21 March 2013 at 15:32

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