Still another study shows that many parents are deliberately making their children sick by needlessly exposing them to tobacco smoke.
As a result, they suffer excessive and unnecessary colds, flues, bronchitis, and pneumonia, and miss 7 million more school days than classmates who are able to breathe smokefree air at home.
Other results of this new study from the federal Centers for Disease Control:
Not surprisingly, children in homes with low income and educational levels are far more likely (48%) to be exposed than kids in homes with high income and educational levels (28%).
Exposure also differs by region. Almost half of the kids living in the Midwest (40%) are exposed to tobacco smoke, as compared with 24% in California, where the dangers of secondhand smoke are driven home by statewide bans on smoking in the workplace.
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ANY FRIENDS OR NEIGHBORS WHO SMOKE AND HAVE CHILDREN LIVING AT HOME.
IF THEY CAN'T QUIT, AT LEAST ASK THEM TO STEP OUTSIDE TO SMOKE, OR TO CONFINE THEIR SMOKING TO A SEPARATE ROOM (SUCH AS A BEDROOM) WHICH THE CHILDREN DO NOT FREQUENT.
YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO TELL THEM THAT SOME PARENTS HAVE LOST CUSTODY FOR EXPOSING THEIR CHILDREN TO TOBACCO SMOKE, AND A GROWING NUMBER OF STATES CONSIDER SMOKING BY A PARENT IN DECIDING WHICH PARENT SHOULD BE AWARDED CUSTODY.
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