Omega-3 and secondhand smoke

 
 
 

Secondhand smoke is the exposition to environmental tobacco smoke: the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in children, including ear infections (they also have fluid in their ears more often), more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms (for example, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath), and respiratory infections (older children whose parents smoke get sick more often: their lungs grow less and they get more bronchitis and pneumonia).

Secondhand smoke exposure has decreased in recent years, likely due to: the decline in the number of smokers, the laws that do not allow smoking in indoor areas of workplaces and public places, the growing number of households with smoke-free home rules, and the fact that smoking around nonsmokers has become much less socially acceptable. But the only way to fully protect nonsmokers is to eliminate smoking in all places, because even brief exposure can be harmful to health. However, until that moment arrives, you can protect your family from secondhand smoke: quitting smoking if you are not already a nonsmoker, not allowing anyone to smoke in your home and in your car, making sure your children’s day care center and schools are tobacco-free, teaching your children to stay away from secondhand smoke, and being a good model by not smoking.

There is something else you can do: antioxidant-rich diets may lessen the adverse metabolic responses triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Omega-3 supplementation can increase antioxidant capacity.

 

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