The Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Among Children with Asthma

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This paper will discuss the effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) or known as Second Hand Smoke (SHM) among children. In addition, it will focuses on the how ETS becomes a problem for Children in American household as well as in other well developed nations. It will describe the effects that has among children living in contaminated environment by Second Hand Smoke. One of the health effects can be Asthma, which is provoked by their parents who smoke in their vicinity. Furthermore, there will be a discussion where as a public health practitioner trying to improve the health of these children and to educate their parents to lessen their cigarette consumption near children. First of all, I would like to define Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS). According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it describes that ETS consist in the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe and someone else inhales the smoke, also known as Second Hand Smoke (SHS). (U.S. EPA, 2011) In addition, the smoke of this cigars consist in approximately 4,000 substances which over the time scientist have detected that by inhaling it causes cancer. (U.S EPA, 2011) also, ETS it’s classified as class I carcinogen by the Internal Agency for Research on Cancer (Cobanoglu et al., 2007). Having the definition of Environmental Tobacco Smoke, let’s apply the terminology to children. If a grown person has a high risk of develop cancer or any type of respiratory disease. Does children have higher risk of developing respiratory disease? Children face a very high percentage of developing respiratory disease such as asthma when they live in the vicinity of a smoker. One of the reasons for children’s developing this problem comes from their parents. T... ... middle of paper ... ...Jorgensen, T., Glumer, C. 2012, Social Disparities in Children’s Exposure to Second hand Smoke at Home: a Repeated Cross-Sectional Survey, Environ Health 11:65 Rogers, J. 2009, Tobacco and Pregnancy, Reprod Toxicol, 28, 152-160 Tung, K.Y., Wu, K. Y., Tsai, C.H., Su, M.W., Chen, C.H., Lin, M.H., Chen, Y.C., Wu, W.C., Lee, Y.L. 2012, Association of Time-Location Patterns with Urinary Cotinine among Asthmatic Children under Household Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure, Environ Res, 124, 7-12 U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, November, 2011. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/healtheffects.html Bloomberg, Chris Dolmetsch, N.Y. State Parks Outdoor Smoking Ban Is Blocked by Court October 11, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-11/new-york-state-parks-outdoor-smoking-ban-blocked.html

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