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THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING (too late for me)

Normal Lung & Smokers Lung

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The smoking ban ordinance in Bowling Green takes effect in about 60 days and has been in the works since 2007.  Finally our city commissioners got together and made a statement that will effect the health of our people.

Both my mom and dad smoked when I was a child and I have suffered my whole life because of it.


At least 69 of the toxic chemicals in secondhand tobacco smoke cause cancer (156). These include the following:

Other toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke are suspected to cause cancer, including (1):

I breathed these chemicals from the time I was an infant till I left the house for college.  MY own mother and father put me in harm’s way of these chemicals on purpose.

My own personal health problems that stem from second hand smoke exposer are respiratory (asthma)

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 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

Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights

There are many more:

Secondhand smoke causes other kinds of diseases and deaths

Secondhand smoke can cause harm in many ways. In the United States alone, each year it is responsible for:

  • An estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in non-smokers who live with smokers
  • About 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults
  • Other breathing problems in non-smokers, including coughing, mucus, chest discomfort, and reduced lung function
  • 50,000 to 300,000 lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in children younger than 18 months of age, which result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations annually
  • Increases in the number and severity of asthma attacks in about 200,000 to 1 million children who have asthma
  • More than 750,000 middle ear infections in children
  • Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke are also at increased risk of having low birth- weight babies.


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