Drs. Oz & Roizen: Clearing the air for better health

March 31, 2014 

New research shows that even if a woman never smoked, lifetime exposure to secondhand smoke (childhood exposure for 10 or more years, adult home exposure for 20 or more years, adult work exposure 10 or more years) increases her risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or a tubal ectopic pregnancy. This just adds to the long list of secondhand smoke's repercussions: heart disease, stroke and lung cancer in adults, and asthma, respiratory and ear infections, and even SIDS in children.

Secondhand smoke becomes thirdhand when it permeates fabric, carpets, even wallboard and paint. Kids ingest it from putting contaminated objects or their hands into their mouth. This "smoke" damages their DNA and increases cancer risk.

How can you protect yourself and your children? Insist on a smoke-free environment at home (if you use marijuana, try edible forms). Have to convince your partner? Fight this battle with love, but fight it and win.

If you live in one of the 12 states without smoke-free workplaces and/or restaurants, email your state representatives and complain about this serious public health issue.

If your home is polluted with second- or thirdhand smoke, wash all fabric, carpets and upholstery, your child's furniture, stuffed animals and toys, and repaint.

If neighbors' smoke drifts into your residence (adjacent apartments often are sources), talk with them about finding a solution. Everyone deserves a smoke-free environment!

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