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How does second-hand smoke affect babies and children?

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Babies and children of parents who smoke are more likely to:

  • weigh less than normal at birth
  • get sick more often than other babies
  • die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • have breathing problems like wheezing and coughing
  • develop ear infections
  • have chronic lung disease when they’re older
  • develop asthma, and their asthma will be worse
  • do less well in school, particularly in reading and math
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