Daily Prompt: Smoke

via Daily Prompt: Smoke

Do they know what they are doing?  Do they realize what it is causing?  How can anyone ACTUALLY do that?

What, you ask?  How can anyone actually light a cigarette and smoke near a child? Why do parents smoke in a car with their children inside and even have the windows rolled up?  How can people smoke and think that it doesn’t stay on their clothing?  Do they realize that the child they are holding is breathing in the fumes of the exhales and burning of the cigarette they smoked just 5 minutes ago, or this morning?  Do they realize that it is seeping into the child’s lungs and beginning to build up and cause problems?  Do they know that this is why the child is always coughing, sneezing, trying to breathe?  How can they NOT know?  How can they still continue to do this form of torture? Why is this NOT illegal?

I have witnessed many cars driving down the road with the windows rolled up and the smoke so thick you can only see figures moving in the back seat.  these little ones are innocent and they have no choice in this matter.  They have no say. They can only continue to try and breathe in air that they hope will fill their lungs with breathable air.  But it doesn’t, it actually causes them to get sicker.  They could form cancer of the lungs.  According to the Center for Disease Control, Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancerSecondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Mar 5, 2014

I am one of those children.  I suffer from asthma as an adult that was brought on at the young age of 8.  With the onset being at an older age, asthma will never fully go away.  I will learn to live with and notice the signs sooner.  There are preventative medications now, that were not available many years ago.  There are also lung training exercises you can perform to help make them strong, especially after an attack that weakens the lungs.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease of increased responsiveness of the airways to various stimuli including allergens and irritants that cause obstructions of the airways. Constriction of muscles around the airway and inflammation result in swelling of the lining and increased secretion of mucous. This causes difficulty in breathing and coughing. The most common causes of an asthma flare up are infection, exercise, allergens, and air pollution (an irritant). People who have asthma may experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma can begin at any age but with proper management and education, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.

This can scare a young child.  I remember crying so much I got violently ill, which did not help the attack.  But I was scared that I was dying and my parents had no clue what was going on.  This is not something you want to take lightly.

So, STOP smoking!  Stop locking your children in an area filled with smoke.  Stop hugging your children after smoking.  Where a special jacket, if you MUST continue to smoke, and remove and hang OUTSIDE so your interior clothing is not filled with smoke leftovers.  Think about your child!


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