An article by health policy editor Denis Campbell published yesterday on The Guardian, said that these findings have prompted “renewed concern” about parents smoking at home where children are exposed to the smoke. This audit examined the records of 5,443 children treated as inpatients for asthma in 153 hospitals during November 2015.
“This study highlights the importance of making homes smoke-free since that is where children are most likely to be exposed to tobacco smoke, which can trigger asthma attacks,” pointed out Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the anti-tobacco group Action on Smoking and Health.
Smoking in a car with a child became illegal in October 2015, so now the focus has shifted to secondhand exposure in homes. The British Thoracic Society’s national pediatric asthma audit said that keeping in mind that the number of smokers and of smoking mothers is declining, “the fact that one third of children admitted in this audit were recorded as being exposed to cigarette smoking is worrying”.
Why switching to vaping would help
After the renowned study published by Public Health England which had found vaping to be at least 95% safer than smoking, the UK has fully endorsed vaping products as smoking cessation tools. In fact they are now given out by Stop Smoking Services as an NRT, (Nicotine Replacement Therapy), to anyone who asks for support in order to quit the deadly habit. But besides exposing bystanders to less harmful chemicals, vaping has been found to alleviate the symptoms of the respiratory disorder in vapers themselves.
A study carried out by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in the field of clinical bronchoprovocation (airway-challenge studies), found significant improvements in asthma sufferers. “In asthmatic patients, we observed significant and stable improvements in respiratory symptoms, disease exacerbation rates and lung function already after 6 months of regular e-cigarette use, and persisting for up to 2 years“, said Polosa.
Smoking parents need to be educated and supported
Therefore while all experts agree that smoking parents need to be aware about the detrimental effect that second hand smoke is having on their children, it is also important that they are fully supported and offered a safer and effective NRT such as an e-cigarette, especially considering that incidentally the products are known to be the most effective smoking cessation tools since they mimic the action of smoking.