You may not realize it, but your decision to quit smoking will protect the people in your life. Smoking harms both you and the ones you love. Think about how quitting will make the people you care about happier and healthier. This will motivate you as you begin your quit journey.
How Does my Smoking Impact Others?
The main way smoking hurts non-smokers is through secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke that comes from your cigarette and smoke you breathe out while smoking. Breathing in any amount of secondhand smoke is dangerous. The one best way to protect your family from secondhand smoke is to quit smoking.
What are the Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke?
Breathing in secondhand smoke over time can cause a number of health problems for non-smokers. They are more likely to have:
- Heart disease
- Breathing problems
- A harder time getting pregnant
- Colds and flu
- Irritated eyes, nose, and throat
Pregnant Women and Children
Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for pregnant women, babies, and children.
Pregnant women who breathe in secondhand smoke over time are more likely to:
- Lose their babies
- Give birth to smaller babies
- Have their babies die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Have babies who are cranky‚ restless‚ and get sick more often
- Have babies with learning problems
Children who breathe in secondhand smoke over time are more likely to have:
- More severe asthma attacks
- Bronchitis, pneumonia, and other breathing problems
- Coughing and wheezing
- Ear and lung infections
Other Ways Smoking Impacts Others
You may not realize it, but smoking affects the people in your life in ways beyond their health. When you smoke, you may miss out on:
- Spending time with your family and friends
- Having more money to spend on the people you love
- Setting a good example for your children. Did you know that children who are raised by smokers are more likely to become smokers themselves?