Dr. Moser of our Family Webicine blog shares, "Adolescents are already at risk for hearing loss from loud music and concerts venues, but a new study published in the July issue of Archives of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery found that teens exposed to second-hand smoke have a two-fold increase in sensorineural hearing loss. This is the first study that has found a direct relationship to second-hand (tobacco) smoke and hearing loss."
Does this give you another reason to quit or urge a teen you know to never start?
I saw that you also posted that you had bought more cigarettes and were upset with yourself. Forgive the slip-ups and keep the goal in mind. Don't let guilt drag you backwards.
Phased gave you some great support and ideas. Maybe you could write down the reasons you want to quit like Phased has, and stick those reminders up in various places. "I'm quitting because I hate smoking. I'm going to become smoke free!" and so forth.
Congratulations Anon_233094 on being able to stop smoking everything. You're smart to check everything out with your doctors and I'm glad to hear the results came back normal.
This article on Smoking Cessation Benefits says, "After one to nine months: Cilia (tiny hairs) in the lungs regrow, increasing the lung's capacity to handle mucus, clean itself, and reduce infection. Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath also decrease."
I checked a little further, and found this article in USA Today about "Third-Hand Smoke." Professor Georg Matt says, "If their parents use tobacco, that curiosity may expose babies to what some doctors are calling "thirdhand" smoke — particles and gases given off by cigarettes that cling to walls, clothes and even hair and skin. Up to 90% of the nicotine in cigarette smoke sticks to nearby surfaces."
Howdy Mildew1945 and thanks for posting! I wanted to check and see how you were doing on quitting smoking. Have you talked to your doctor about some programs and/or medications that might be right for you?
This article on Smoking: Health Risks for Family Members may hold some answers. This article on Effects of Secondhand Smoke is even more detailed. It says, "Between 150,000 and 300,000 children under the age of 18 months get respiratory infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) from secondhand smoke; 7,500 to 15,000 of them must be hospitalized."