Over two and a half million children in the Californian region of the United States alone are known to be stricken with the adverse effects of second hand smoke. This alarming fact was ascertained in a recent study, which also stated that most of the 2.5 million children known to be suffering from second hand smoke belonged to the low income group. This is an alarming fact as California is known to have the second lowest smoking ratio in the entire country. Apparently, the 2.5 million children who are supposedly suffering from the perils of second hand smoke are below the age of 12 years.

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As per the research, over half a million children are supposedly under the direct risk of second hand smoke while still remaining in the safe confines of their homes, while the remainder 1.5 million are exposed to second hand smoke when they venture out of their houses. Of this number, over two million children are directly impacted by second hand smoke when a member of their family is known to smoke cigarettes on a daily basis, thereby spreading the highly toxic gasses within the home premises.

Asthma as well as other chronic respiratory infections is quite common with children exposed to second hand smoke and some are even known to die owing to SID infections which mostly affect infants. Without a shadow of a doubt, those children who are exposed to seeing their parents smoke within their house premises are more likely to become smokers themselves. This is an alarming fact as many smokers in the United States are known to smoke within their households, thereby causing sever infections to their friends and family members and also by making them smokers when they grow up.

When the topic of discussion revolves around a specific ethnic group, then without a shadow of a doubt, the number of African American children exposed to second hand smoke is by far the highest. Apparently, over 12.6% of all Afro American are known to be exposed to second hand smoke, which in turn is three times as high as the second hand smoke exposure rate of any other ethnic group.

While children can be protected, the fact remains that this can only be done when they are allowed to live in an environment which is comparatively smoke free in nature. This in turn can only be possible when the concerned individuals who happen to reside with them, are either non-smokers or are using electronic cigarettes, which are tobacco free and smokeless in nature.