Children and women in times of pregnancy are at greater risk than adults on the negative effects of smoke snuff. They are still developing physically, but their breathing rate is faster than that of adults. Children inhale and express from approximately 14 to 18 times per minute and the newborns can breathe up to 60 times per minute.
When the air is flawed by the cigarette smoke, the lungs in development of children receive a greater concentration of inhaled toxins; besides that young children have less control over their environment than adults and the whole house air is flawed.
It is important to note:
- ● Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy tend to weigh less at birth than non-smoking mothers.
- ● Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of developmental problems such as learning difficulties and cerebral palsy.
- ● The fetuses exposed to chemicals in cigarettes, which passes through the placenta, are believed to be at increased risk of sudden death syndrome in infants.
- ● Children who spend an hour in a room full of smoke inhaled highly toxic chemicals, equal to smoking 10 cigarettes.
- ● The asthma is aggravated by the smoke of snuff and this is responsible for thousands of new cases of asthma each year.
- ● Among children under 18 months of age, smoke snuff is associated with cases of bronchitis or pneumonia every year.
- ● Children in smoking households suffer more middle ear infections as inhaled cigarette smoke irritates the eustachian tube and subsequent referrals and are the most common cause of hearing loss in children.
- ● Between 50 and 75% of children have detectable levels of nicotine in your bloodstream.