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Protect Against Secondhand Smoke

Child Abuse

Recent research shows secondhand smoke has a harmful effect on children with allergies and asthma -- but convincing parents to quit is another matter.

Should smoking around children be considered child abuse?

In one study, drugs called inhaled corticosteroids were given to asthmatic children as part of a school-based treatment program, but the benefits applied only to those families in which the parents didn't smoke.

Should smoking around children be considered child abuse?

Those benefits included missing fewer days of school and having more days free of asthma symptoms. . . .

Breathing tobacco smoke compromises the child's physical health and mental capacities.

Should smoking around children be considered child abuse?

Children have learned that tobacco smoke damages them and even can kill them as well as the parent. What kind of emotional damage will the child experience if their parent, who claims to love them, continues to subject them to tobacco smoke?

Should smoking around children be considered child abuse?

Where is the security of childhood if the parent on whom the child depends indulges in behavior that destroys themselves and their children?

Should smoking in the presence of an asthmatic child, or any child, be considered a form of child abuse?

You be the judge...

 

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