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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Secondhand Smoke is a Health Related Problem That Affects Everyone

Society needs to be educated on the problems of second hand smoke and the affects on non-smokers. Nonsmokers experience respiratory problems that include coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, reduced lung function, lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis, increases the severity of asthma attacks, and 3,400 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking adults. Secondhand smoke also affects children. Environmental Tobacco Smoke although dangerous to adults, fetuses, and infants, children are more at risk. Exposure to ETS decreases lung efficiency and impairs lung function in children of all ages. It increases both the frequency and severity of childhood asthma. Children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer behavioral problems such as hyperactivity then children of non-smoking mothers. Society needs a way to become educated on the dangerous affects of secondhand smoke. One way is through pediatric and family practice.

Presenter: James Melito (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 9:20 am (Session I)