How passive smoking affects children’s oral health
There are many reasons for kicking the habit this No Smoking Day.
One being that smoking is the main cause of mouth cancer, which takes the lives of over 7,000 people a year in the UK. However, stop for a moment and consider how your smoking is affecting your children’s oral health.
The oral health of children exposed to toxic cigarette smoke was slower to develop compared to those who were not exposed to passive smoking.
The Royal College of Physicians reported that around two million children in the UK live in a home where they are exposed to cigarette smoke and shockingly, there are almost 9,500 hospital admissions due to second-hand smoking.
Smoking was banned in England in workplaces and most enclosed public spaces in July 2007 following similar legislation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and since 1st October 2015 it has been illegal in England and Wales to smoke in vehicles carrying anyone under the age of 18.
Passive Smoking – the facts