An Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Ahmed Gabdo, has cautioned parents against smoking cigarettes close to their children making them second hand smokers.
Gabdo, who stated this in Maiduguri on Thursday as the world celebrated “No Tobacco Day” said the warning is to safeguard the health of children and their future development.
According to Gabdo, many parents who smoked near their children and wards make them second hand smokers which exposes them to many risks such as coughing, wheezing and asthma attacks and varieties of health challenges in future.
“They also tend to have higher rates of pneumonia and bronchitis; smoking, not only impacts your cardiovascular health, but also the health of those around you, who do not smoke.
“Exposure to second hand smoke carries the same risk to a non-smoker as someone who does smoke. Other risks include stroke, heart attack and cancer, among other diseases.
“Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients and when these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous and at least 69 of them are linked to cancer,” he said.
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Research has shown that the most acknowledged cause of lung cancer is tobacco smoking over a long time frame including second hand smoking.