Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Tobacco smokers know the risks that smoking has on their own personal health. Smoking causes nearly one out of every five deaths each year in the United States and greatly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema. In addition, smoking can cause infertility, stillbirth, preterm delivery, low birth weight, and other reproductive effects.
In addition to all these harmful personal health effects, cigarette smoke also harms other parties exposed to it. Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to babies and young children, causing many different disorders – and even fatalities – each year. These include:
- 150,000 to 300,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children, including bronchitis and pneumonia, each year
- Increased levels of fluid in the inner ear
- Upper respiratory tract irritation and infections
- Reduction in lung function
- Thousands of cases of pneumonia each year
- Increased severity and prevalence of asthma episodes and symptoms
- z2,000 cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome each year
In addition, over 3,000 annual deaths from lung cancer in non-smokers are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure.
Sadly, not all smokers fully understand that other people, especially young children, suffer serious health complications as a result of their cigarette smoke. However, by increasing awareness of the effects of secondhand smoke on children and others, kids can grow up healthy and free of preventable smoking-related diseases and disorders.
If you or a loved one has suffered medical complications from secondhand smoke, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca & Landry, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.