As more states have passed smoking bans that limit where smoking can occur and more ads display the negative side affects of smoking, it seems the number of Americans with a smoking habit has waned to some degree. Nearly everyone knows that smoking can cause anywhere from mild to extremely serious health implications in the smoker. But how does smoking affect someone's child down the roas?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15.1 percent of American adults (over the age of 18) were current smokers in 2015. Though that number is down from the 20.9 percent who self-reported as smokers ten years earlier, smoking remains a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing over 480,000 people every year, according to the CDC. So basically, an awful lot of people are still being exposed to potentially dangerous tobacco smoke, including young children.
Luckily, the CDC noted that the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure has gone down in recent years, lessening from 40.1 percent from 2007 to 2008, to 25.3 percent in 2011 to 2012. Unfortunately, the CDC noted that the only (unrealistic) sure way to shield nonsmokers from smoke exposure - and thus protect them from potentially developing these health complications - is to completely eradicate smoking from all public places, as well as homes, cars, and places of work. If your kids are exposed to smoke, these nine health effects are ones to watch out for.