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All pregnant women should stay away from secondhand smoke and ask smokers not to smoke around them.
Infants have a higher risk of SIDS if they are exposed to secondhand smoke.
Parents need to make every effort to keep their children away from smokers and secondhand smoke.
Parents who smoke should quit for their health and the health of their children.
Children have a higher risk of serious health problems, or problems may become worse.
Children who breathe secondhand smoke can have more: Children of smokers cough and wheeze more and have a harder time getting over colds. Secondhand smoke can cause other symptoms including stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, eye irritation, and hoarseness.
Read more to learn about the dangers of secondhand smoke and how to create a smoke-free environment for your children.
Secondhand smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke) is the smoke a smoker breathes out and that comes from the tip of burning cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. Many of these chemicals are dangerous; more than 50 are known to cause cancer.
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