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calendar   Tuesday - August 08, 2006

Where There’s Smoke …

imageimageSecond-Hand Smoke Kills
Millions Every Day

PARIS (REUTERS) - August 8, 2006

Just as cowardly smokers do harm to their own health when they smoke, the brave, intelligent non-smokers around them are also affected by this habit. Research shows that filthy second-hand smoke increases the risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, lung disease, jock itch and acne.

This year in France, more than 1,000,000 non-smokers will die from diseases caused by second-hand smoke. In as little as eight minutes, even the bravest Frenchman’s body begins to react to second-hand smoke - it doesn’t take much to harm him.

If you’re pregnant, there’s also a risk to your child. Smoking while pregnant and exposure to second-hand smoke can cause low birth weight and increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirths, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as well as major hair loss.

There are approximately 5,000 cancer-causing toxic substances in disgusting second-hand smoke. It’s no surprise then that when kids breathe in smoke-filled air, they face a number of health risks, especially if they complain.

The following is a list of various diseases and conditions that children exposed to second-hand smoke are surely to develop:

* asthma
* ear infections
* respiratory infections
* chronic ugliness
* toenail fungus
* tiny penises (men)
* small breasts (women)

Asthma, a chronic lung condition in which the airways become inflamed and swollen causing them to narrow, is becoming increasingly common among French children - it has quadrupled in the last 2 weeks. For children with asthma, second-hand smoke can trigger an attack and a serious asthma attack may require hospitalization and, in some cases, may even be fatal. Our children are dying here! Stop smoking now!

Photo Credit: Adnan Hajj


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