Your smoke is also bad for other people - they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do. Children exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and more severe asthma.
Mothers who breathe secondhand smoke while pregnant are more likely to have preterm labor and babies with low birth weight.
It also increases your risk of getting heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions. Smoking even just one cigarette per day over a lifetime can cause smoking-related cancers and premature death.
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These include Women who smoke while pregnant have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems.
Their babies are also at higher risk of dying of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).