Health Tip: Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

It's particularly dangerous for children

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(HealthDay News) -- Just because a person isn't a smoker doesn't mean they are immune to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of secondhand smoke, says the American Lung Association, which offers this list of how it can harm youngsters:

  • They are more likely to develop bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
  • They are more prone to ear infections.
  • They are more likely to develop asthma.
  • If already asthmatic, they are prone to more frequent asthma attacks.