How to Protect Your Kids from Secondhand Smoke
If you, or someone in your family, smokes and you have children, then it is important to ensure that they are not the recipients of secondhand cigarette smoke, which is classified as a known human (Group A) carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
If you, or someone in your family, smokes and you have children, then it is important to ensure that they are not the recipients of secondhand cigarette smoke, which is classified as a known human (Group A) carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Secondhand smoke is scientifically correlated with a range of illnesses from asthma to cancer to heart disease, and it is even more damaging to children whose lungs and immune systems are still developing. Given the statistics, the less exposure your kids have, the better.
- Control your weight. One of the most important things you can do if you have diabetes
is maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, talk to a registered dietitian
about healthy ways to lose weight.
- Get regular physical activity. There is a significant body of research that proves
the myriad cardiovascular benefits of regular physical activity (that goes beyond
weight loss). Start off slowly, and build a plan that works well for you and meets
your needs. The Joslin Diabetes Center offers one-on-one consultations with clinical
exercise physiologists that are covered by many insurance providers. These sessions
are considered diabetes education—not training sessions—and can start you on the
path toward physical fitness.
- Don’t smoke. If you already do, make plans to begin a smoking cessation program.
"Nicotine narrows and restricts blood vessels; diabetes will also do the same thing
to your blood vessels.. You can't change having diabetes. But you can stop damage
caused by nicotine," says Dr. Ganda.
- Maintain tight control over glucose. Tight control can prevent many complications
from diabetes and also protects your heart. Shoot for an A1C reading of less than
- Lower your LDL cholesterol (the "bad" type). Both the American Diabetes Association
and the American Heart Association recommend an LDL cholesterol goal of less than
100 mg/dl. Dr. Ganda recommends eating fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables,
and whole grains. Also, he recommends asking your healthcare provider about omega-3
fish oil supplements.
- Psoriasis. Here’s the real heartbreak of psoriasis: It hikes the risk for heart
attacks, stroke, and peripheral artery disease (clogged vessels in the legs) as
much as smoking does. Blame inflammation, which triggers the dry scaly patches,
itching and burning of this chronic skin disorder. (Joints and organs can also be
affected.) Some studies suggest that aggressively treating psoriasis may trim CVD
- Vitamin D deficiency. Up to 50 percent of Americans have low levels of the sunshine
vitamin, doubling their risk for heart attack and stroke. A relaxing solution: Sit
in the sun and sip wine. The sun’s rays stimulate your body to produce vitamin D,
while a recent study reports that drinking two 6.8 ounce glasses of wine a day raises
women’s levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers inflammatory markers. Men get
similar benefits at a slightly higher level of consumption.
Sub Topic 1: Stop smoking.
f you or anyone else in your home smokes, the most effective way to prevent harm to the kids is to quit (or persuade the resident smoker to quit) as soon as possible. It is a hard habit to break but look at just some of the benefits you get for stopping:
Healthier kids, less respiratory illness (and fewer medical bills) for you and for them,
Clean home environment, no yellowing paintwork, no odors.
Cleaner, healthier teeth & gums, which can save you from having work done at the dentist.
Cleaner upholstery, curtains, and mirrors.
No cost of cigarettes.
No chance of household fire from a cigarette or of cigarette burns.
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Sub Topic 2: Smoke outdoors
Make it a rule to never smoke inside the home, even in the middle of winter. Indoor smoke builds up and anyone in proximity to that smoke is a target of the carcinogenic chemicals and respiratory irritants cigarette smoke contains. The chemical particles also fall onto the household furniture, upholstery and walls, and continue to emit potentially damaging chemicals long after the cigarette is extinguished, not to mention the stale odor of tobacco smoke. But, standing on your driveway and lighting up will be bad for people who pass by, and smoke in the yard can easily go over walls and fences. However, smoking outdoors is always the best choice, because the smoke will naturally disappear much faster outdoors than indoors. Smoking in your home is similar to smoking in a car with the windows rolled up, except that the effects are more instant in a car rather than more long term in a home.
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Sub Topic 3: Never smoke in the car
It is never okay to smoke in a car when you have kids, even when your kids are not in the car with you, because the smoke residue lingers and off-gases whenever the kids are in the car. Rolling down a window helps some, but can blow the smoke directly into your kids' faces.
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