WHO: Kids affected most by second-hand smoke exposure

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

ILL-EFFECTS of second-hand smoking is more common among children who have smoking parents, an official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday.

“Smoking itself, taking up the habit, clearly is more dangerous but second hand smoke still kills people so it’s not without danger at all,” said WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Julie Lyn Hall.

Hall said there have been cases of non-smokers having lung diseases, heart ailments, throat infection, pneumonia, and other tobacco-related illnesses after being exposed to cigarette smoke.

The WHO official urged smokers to smoke outside their houses and spare their families from the deadly effects of second-hand smoking.

“Ideally, you should stop smoking. But if you can’t, go outside and smoke,” she said.

“For family members (of smokers), nag them, ask them to go outside your home. Ask them to stop smoking and support them,” Hall added.

WHO data showed that tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats as it kills nearly six million people a year with over five million classified as direct tobacco users while more than 600,000 were non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. (HDT/Sunnex)

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