Most of us are familiar with secondhand smoke and the dangers of its exposure, especially to children. However there may also be dangers in exposure to second hand aerosol, which is what you breathe in when around someone who is smoking (vaping) an e-cigarette.
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The aerosol that comes out of e-cigarettes can contain nicotine, formaldehyde and other toxic substances, and have not been proven to be safer than regular cigarettes.
According to an analysis of the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey data, children are being exposed at a rate of 1 in 4. This is not a harmless exposure. Kids are particularly at risk for the effects of secondhand smoke because their bodies are still growing and they breathe at a faster rate than adults.
Some of the known risks to second hand smoke include:
- Worsening asthma attacks
- Ear infections
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Here are a few tips to protect your family:
- Teach your children to stay away from both secondhand smoke and aerosol
- Make sure you do not let anyone smoke or vape in or near your home
- Take this same precaution in your vehicle