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11/03/2015 at 18:14
We've just read a scientific paper (in the Annals of Family Medicine, if you interested), in which a US professor of family medicine says exposing children to second-hand smoke (passive smoking) is abusive.
"Purposeful and recurrent exposure of children to secondhand smoke by a parent is as abusive as …. drunk driving or leaving children in a hot car unattended," says Dr Adam Goldstein.
"Secondhand smoke exposure decreases lung function and has dozens of carcinogens…. It is time for medical professional organisations to endorse policies classifying purposeful exposure of children to secondhand smoke as child abuse.
"We must intervene to stop this abuse."
What do you think about what Dr Goldstein says? Do you agree with him that smoking around children is abusive - and parents who do so should be stopped?
Or do you think he's being a bit extreme?
Please do tell us your thoughts but posting a reply here! We'd love to know.
12/03/2015 at 10:05
I think calling it child abuse is rather extreme - but i do wholeheartedly agree, kids should not be exposed to smoking at all (always makes me so angry when mums stand by the school gate smoking) - I remember as a kid, going to stay at my best friends house. Both her parents were smokers, and when I would come home, I would absolutely REEK of smoke.
Saying that, when i think of the words child abuse, I think of Baby Peter, i think of victims of sexual abuse, i don't think of smoking in a car or home or confined space with kids. Maybe i need to change my thinking?
12/03/2015 at 10:34
I do agree, and it does sound extreme to call it child abuse, but forcing your children to breathe in poisons and toxins is abuse! If you were spoon feeding you child something harmful it would be abuse so why is forcing them to breathe harmful smoke any different? Roll on 1st Oct when the smoking in a car with kids ban comes in to effect ???? x
12/03/2015 at 10:43
I'd love to see how the police are actually going to implement the smoking with kids in cars law - will it actually be effective and will it actually stop people doing it? And what punishment will be doled out?
12/03/2015 at 14:02
I know they've really got a tough task there. I think it's an on the spot fine X
18/03/2015 at 13:22
You are deliberately harming your child by smoking around them. I whole heartedly think it's abuse, but when you compare it to other things...it's not as serious. It pales in comparrisson to what's actually classed as abuse and so I don't think it can be put in the same catagory. It seems more like it belongs under the title of negligence.
26/03/2015 at 15:57
I do agree to an extent as smoking is harmful and in my opinion there's nothing which makes my blood boil more than seeing adults smoking around children and babies. But the actual tag of child abuse seems to sensationalized, would this lead to a child possibly being removed from a parent because of this? Seems to be opening quite a can of worms if you ask me.. x
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