Kids exposed to second hand smoke more likely to land up in ICU, says Dr

Second hand tobacco smoke directly increases the risk of many respiratory illnesses and infections in children, explains Dr Salome Abbott.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get pneumonia, bronchitis, and other severe long-term problems such as asthma and allergies, she says.

Dr Abbott argues that education and legislation is needed to stop irresponsible parents who smoke around their kids.

Read: Cabinet green lights tighter tobacco laws (including e-cigarettes)

They're more likely to wheeze and cough for longer. They're also more likely to have long-term respiratory problems.

Dr Salome Abbott, Paediatric pulmonologist at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital

There is a definite causal link to respiratory problems in children and second hand smoke.

Dr Salome Abbott, Paediatric pulmonologist at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital

These children are more likely to land up admitted in hospital and ICU.

Dr Salome Abbott, Paediatric pulmonologist at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital

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