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Second-hand smoke can cause ear infections, breathing problems, SIDS, and serious diseases in kids. Kids deserve special protection against second-hand smoke. second- and third-hand smoke because:

-They have faster breathing rate: they breathe in more air relative to their body weight, which means they absorb more smoke -Their immune systems are less developed -They have less power and they're less able to complain about being around smoke -They are less able to leave smoky places by themselves

Kids who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at higher risk for many serious health problems. Compared to other kids, children who regularly breathe second-hand smoke have:

-More risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) -More cough and wheeze -More cases of asthma, and among kids with asthma, worse asthma symptoms -More ear infections -Less lung capacity -More respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, croup, pneumonia, etc.) -Lower test scores in math, reading and logic -More chance of taking up smoking themselves

There is also growing evidence that kids exposed to second-hand smoke are more at risk of developing cancer later in life. And new research suggests that kids who are exposed to second-hand smoke may have more behaviour problems than other kids.

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