300, 000 Vietnamese kids’ passive smokers

Seventy percent of young children in the country under the age of five are passive smokers

According to a recent survey conducted by the Public University, about 150,000 to 300,000 Vietnamese children under 18 months of age suffer from lung infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis by inhaling cigarette smoke.

Seventy percent of young children in the country under the age of five are passive smokers.

Passive smoking is a serious health hazard. Each year many passive smokers suffer from breathing problems, cough mucus, chest discomfort, ear infections and pregnant miscarriages. It also increases the risk of tuberculosis. Both chronic smokers and passive smokers inhale enough chemical substances to cause breast cancer in some women.

Moreover, young kids living in smoke polluted environments have a poorer academic record than those who do not.

By Ng. Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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