How Your Smoking Can Affect Your Child’s Heart Health

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How Your Smoking Can Affect Your Child’s Heart Health


You already know that smoking is bad for you, but did you know your habit could also negatively affect your child’s heart health? Not only that, but the harmful effects on the heart and blood vessels are almost immediate. Secondhand smoke can do the same amount of damage to their health as if they were smokers, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life, because it lowers the HDL (or “good”) cholesterol, raises their blood pressure and damages heart tissues.

The impact reaches beyond physical effects – it also influences their behavior. Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center published an online study that found that children exposed to nicotine-dependent parents were not only more likely to pick up the habit, but become heavy smokers.

The choice to quit smoking is critical not only for your health, but also the health of your children.

Ways you improve your family’s heart health, now and later:

1. Quit smoking.

2. Make your home and car smoke-free zones. Ask parents of your child’s friends to refrain from smoking around your child.

3. Make sure your child’s school is tobacco-free.

4. Avoid restaurants and other businesses that allow smoking.

Need help to quit smoking? Talk to your doctor and enroll in the free smoking cessation program at the Heart and Vascular Clinic. Learn about the immediate benefits to your health you will experience once you kick the habit.

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