The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Plenty of research confirms that secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking itself. If your toddler is around smokers, she is inhaling unhealthy air.

Young children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke can suffer:

  • more frequent and severe asthma attacks
  • respiratory infections
  • ear infections and other problems


Talk to your family and friends who smoke and ask them not to do this around your child. If you’re in a confined space, don’t be shy about politely asking a smoker to move—or move your toddler away from that space.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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