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Should people be charged with child abuse if...

I believe that people that smoke in the same home with children present or in a car should be charged with child abuse. My MIL, FIL, SIL and BIL all smoke in the car with my niece and nephew in it and also smoke in their homes. My niece and nephew are always sick and my niece has been on breathing treatments. My SIL also smoked during her pregnancies. A child's health is being put In danger and I think there needs to be consequences for this. Thoughts?

ETA:  Just read that it is actually illegal to smoke in the car with minors present in some states.  Good for them! 

ETA:  For those that maybe don't understand the effects of second hand smoke on a child....

 

 

Health Effects Of Secondhand Smoke On Children

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September 2009

The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke," has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that, on average, children are exposed to more secondhand smoke than adults. Children are significantly affected by secondhand smoke. Children's bodies are still developing, and exposure to the poisons in secondhand smoke puts them at risk of severe respiratory diseases and can hinder the growth of their lungs. Secondhand smoke is a known cause of low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, middle ear infection, and other diseases.1

Although levels of secondhand smoke exposure declined between 1988-1994 and 1999-2004 in the general population overall, children were the sub-group with the least rate of decline.2

Low Birth Weight

  • Secondhand smoke is a known preventable cause of low birth weight, which contributes to infant mortality and health complications into adulthood. Secondhand smoke exposure reduces the birth weight of infants of nonsmoking mothers and contributes to additional reductions in birth weight among babies of smoking mothers.3

  • Nonsmoking pregnant women who are exposed to secondhand smoke tend to give birth to infants who have a reduced mean birth weight of 33g or more. Secondhand smoke exposure also increases the risk of a birth weight below 2,500g by 22 percent.4

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Maternal smoking is the strongest risk factor leading to SIDS.5

  • Infants who die from SIDS tend to have higher concentrations of nicotine in their lungs than do control children, regardless of whether smoking is reported.6

Cognitive Impairments

  • Secondhand smoke exposure impairs a child's ability to learn. It is neurotoxic even at extremely low levels. More than 21.9 million children are estimated to be at risk of reading deficits because of secondhand smoke. Higher levels of exposure to secondhand smoke are also associated with greater deficits in math and visuospatial reasoning.7

  • The offspring of mothers who smoke one pack of cigarettes per day during pregnancy have an IQ score that is, on average, 2.87 points lower than children born to nonsmoking mothers.8

Behavioral Problems

  • Children born to women nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy and to women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder.9, 10

  • Girls are exposed to higher rates of secondhand smoke than boys, but boys have greater problems with hyperactivity, aggression, depression, and other behavioral problems.11

Respiratory Problems

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The EPA estimates that between 150,000 and 300,000 annual cases of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children up to 18 months of age are attributable to secondhand smoke exposure. Of these cases, between 7,500 and 15,000 result in hospitalization.12

  • Infants whose mothers smoke are 50 percent more likely to be hospitalized with a respiratory infection during their first year when compared to infants with nonsmoking mothers. Infants whose mothers smoke in the same room have a 56 percent higher risk of being hospitalized compared to infants whose mothers smoke in a separate room. There is a 73 percent higher risk if mothers smoke while holding their infants and a 95 percent higher risk if mothers smoke while feeding their infants.13

  • Early exposure to cigarette smoke is a likely significant independent risk factor for subsequent respiratory disease. It is likely that in utero damage is compounded by increased susceptibility to the effects of continued postnatal secondhand smoke exposure.14

Asthma

  • Asthma attacks are perhaps the most well-known health effect of secondhand smoke exposure among children. Secondhand smoke exposure increases the frequency of episodes and the severity of symptoms in asthmatic children. The EPA estimates that 200,000 to 1,000,000 asthmatic children have their condition worsened by exposure to secondhand smoke.15

  • Secondhand smoke exposure is associated with increased respiratory-related school absenteeism among children, especially those with asthma.16

  • Maternal and grand maternal smoking may increase the risk of childhood asthma. Relative to children of never-smokers, children whose mothers smoked throughout the pregnancy have an elevated risk of asthma in the first five years of life. Children whose mothers quit smoking prior to the pregnancy show no increased risk.17

  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes children who already have asthma to experience more frequent and severe attacks.18

  • Maternal smoking, in utero and later, is significantly related to lifetime wheezing in offspring.19

Repercussions on Adult Health

  • Not only does in utero and childhood secondhand smoke exposure cause decreased lung function and asthma in children, but such exposure is also responsible for poor lung function and respiratory disease in adults. Men who report postnatal secondhand smoke exposure and women who report prenatal exposure are more likely to have respiratory problems as adults.20, 21

  • Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure raises adolescents' risk of metabolic syndrome - a disorder associated with excessive belly fat that increases one's chances of heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes.22

  • The level of secondhand smoke a child is exposed to is directly proportional to the likelihood of the child becoming a smoker as an adolescent or an adult.23

  • Moderate exposure to tobacco smoke is associated with decreased elasticity of the abdominal aorta in healthy 11-year-old children. Altered aortic elasticity is an early marker of atherosclerosis.24

  • SHS exposure in motor vehicles may be associated with nicotine dependence symptoms among young never-smokers.25

  • Women exposed to six or more hours of secondhand smoke a day as children and as adults have a 68 percent greater chance of having difficulty conceiving and suffering more miscarriages.26

  • There is an increased risk of failed embryo implantation among women reporting current secondhand tobacco smoke exposure.27

  • In subjects hospitalized because of early wheezing, prenatal and postnatal secondhand smoke exposure is a risk factor for asthma in early adulthood. The connection between prenatal smoke exposure and asthma appears to be mediated via the development of bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Smoke exposure in infancy is associated with an increased risk of active smoking in early adult age, which in turn, is linked to current asthma.28

  • The adverse effects of postnatal smoking on development of airway growth may persist into early adulthood.29

May be reprinted with appropriate attribution to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation,© 2009.


REFERENCES

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  24. Kallio, K.; Jokinen, E.; Hamalainen, M.; Saarinen, M.; Volanen, I.; Kaitosaari, T.; Viikari, J.; Ronnemaa, T.; Simell, O.; Raitakari, O.T., "Decreased aortic elasticity in healthy 11-year-old children exposed to tobacco smoke," Pediatrics 123(2): e267-e273, February 2009.
  25. Belanger, M.; O'Loughlin, J.; Okoli, C.T.C.; McGrath, J.J.; Setia, M.; Guyon, L.; Gervais, A., "Nicotine dependence symptoms among young never-smokers exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke," Addictive Behaviors [Epub ahead of print], July 23, 2008.
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  27. Meeker, J.D.; Missmer, S.A.; Vitonis, A.F.; Cramer, D.W.; Hauser, R., "Risk of spontaneous abortion in women with childhood exposure to parental cigarette smoke," American Journal of Epidemiology 166(5): 571-575, September 1, 2007.
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by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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HelloKitty86
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Go ahead and bring your kids over to my house.  We can lock them in the car with my sister and she can hot box it since it's no big deal to you.

Quoting Mamie_85:

In that case, don't ever let your children out of the house. Ever.


Quoting autumn_sunset:

It's not about keeping them in a bubble it's about lung cancer.



Quoting Justine1123:

My mom smokes in the car when my daughters in it. I don't believe it's abuse but whatever. You can't keep them in a bubble.


catrig
by Silver Member on Sep. 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

yes

kathynej7142007
by Member on Sep. 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

They cannot even deal with real child abusers the way that they should. They allow them to get away with it. I think they should deal with the people who truely abuse child and kill them.  If your child is walking on the sidewalk, they are going to come in contact with 2nd hand smoke..... 

fullxbusymom
by Silver Member on Sep. 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I didn't say they were perfect parents.  I said they were amazing parents and smoking in the home doesn't make them any less amazing. 

One family has 5 bio kids and just fostered to adopt a little girl and literally saved her from a system where she never would have been adopted.  She now has her forever home and more love then any child could ever ask for.  Yes they are the most amazing, loving, caring parents that any child could ever ask for.  Yup they smoke in their home but that doesn't take away from all the positive they have done for their children and others. 

As a matter of fact she is my youngest son's god mother and I wouldn't even hesitate to bring my children over or even have them spend the night.

Same with another family I know smoke in their home we have allowed my 14yr old over their on numerous occasions. 

Quoting LntLckrsCmQut:

Amazing parents don't intentionally poison their children, by smoking in their homes.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

No I don't.  Some of the most amazing parents I know smoke and although I don't agree with smoking in their home w/ kids that doesn't make them any less of a an amazing  parent.  I do not smoke in my home.

Smoking in cars doesn't bother me as long as the windows are open and fresh air is flowing in the car. 

Smoking while pregnant yup did it.  Not proud of it but my doctor told me it was safer to just cut back then quit cold turkey it was far to stressful on the fetus and my body.  So I followed his advice. 



MamaPeanut
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM
100% agree!
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dirby1988
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Dfs mom smokes in her house and his 2 kids are there literally 24/7 and what little time they spend with their mom she smokes in her traiilor too. I use to smoke but i quit and never smoked around dd or while i was pregnant. I dont like the way it smells and its not healthy for kids.

adulation
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM


I live with my mom and she smokes.  not in the house, 99% of the time, but she will let my dughter go outside with her while she smokes and it pisses me off.  i hate it!

but, I don't think it should be illegal.  I just think she should have more compassion and common sense! ugh.




                                                         

Sat.Wed
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Well said well said


Quoting kathynej7142007:

They cannot even deal with real child abusers the way that they should. They allow them to get away with it. I think they should deal with the people who truely abuse child and kill them.  If your child is walking on the sidewalk, they are going to come in contact with 2nd hand smoke..... 


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Sat.Wed
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Then MOVE and STOP bitching


Quoting adulation:


I
live with my mom and she smokes.  not in the house, 99% of the time,
but she will let my dughter go outside with her while she smokes and it
pisses me off.  i hate it!

but, I don't think it should be illegal.  I just think she should have more compassion and common sense! ugh.





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adulation
by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM

nah, I just call my daughter back inside and tell her she's not allowed to be around grandma when she's smoking.  but i'm sure she does it when i'm not home.  I can't move, my mom can't afford for me to.  Maybe you're that much of a bitch but I'm not.  I help her take care of her mom as well.

Quoting Sat.Wed:

Then MOVE and STOP bitching


Quoting adulation:


I
live with my mom and she smokes.  not in the house, 99% of the time,
but she will let my dughter go outside with her while she smokes and it
pisses me off.  i hate it!

but, I don't think it should be illegal.  I just think she should have more compassion and common sense! ugh.






                                                         

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