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Why quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for you children

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Recently I quit smoking because of my kids.


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This has hands down been the best decision of my life. All of my life I have hated smoking. Until (ironically) I started smoking myself.

Quitting is hard but I managed to do it.

In case you're a smoker who has kids, it's important to understand the dangers of second hand smoking on youngsters.

Kids are especially in danger of medical issues surrounding passive smoke.

Studies demonstrate that children of parents who smoke may have:

  • An increased danger of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • A more prominent possibility of respiratory contaminations, for example, bronchitis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia
  • An increased risk of slower lung development
  • An increased risk of middle ear ailments
  • An increased risk of wheezing, hacking and shortness of breath
  • Higher likelyhood of turning into a smoker themselves

Settling on the choice to stop smoking is the best decision I took for my family.

You may surmise that by smoking outside, you'll dispose of the danger of passive smoking to your kids or others in the home. Notwithstanding, this does not give off an impression of being true.

Reports have demonstrated that nicotine levels in youngsters' hair are still high, regardless of whether their folks smoke outside. This might be expected to:

  • Leaving windows or entryways open
  • Smoke going into the house as the smoker ventures inside with smoke on the clothes
  • Kids being presented to garments with smoke particles on them

As should be obvious, despite the fact that it's better than smoking inside, smoking outside does not take away the danger of passive smoking for youngsters.

The best way to keep your kids from being subjected to passive smoking is to stop smoking for good.

This is what I have chose to do.

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