Experts agree that the ‘Teen Mom 2′ stars need to quit now. Find out why.
Teen Mom 2 stars Leah Messer and Jenelle Evans need to quit smoking not just for their own health risks, but also for the damage they may be causing their children. HollywoodLife.com spoke to a group of pediatricians, and they all agree: Secondhand smoke may cause their 2-year-olds Jace, Aliannah and Aleeah to get lung cancer.
Dr. Carl Ivey, a retired pediatrician who practiced in Chicago and Indiana for over 20 years, agrees. “As long as they’re smoking, they’re being inadequate parents,” he says. “There is a higher risk of lung cancer and lung disease — it’s a proven fact. To avoid secondhand smoke the parent has to smoke outside of the house and not just in another room. If they stay inside the house, the smoke will travel through the air and can harm the child.”
Secondhand smoke “can effect the child’s quality of sleep at night, which can make the child more irritable and cranky during the daytime,” Dr. Carey Chronis, a pediatrician in Ventura, Calif., tells us. “They need to stop and think if they’re setting a good example for their child and if they’re being a good role model.”
Secondhand smoke causes more damage to children than adults. “There are studies that show that children are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke because they’re still developing,” Joanna Dolgoff, M.D., spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right reveals. “They breathe faster than adults and since they’re much smaller, kids are at a much higher risk of secondhand smoke than adults.”
- Reporting by Jennifer Velez, Written by Lindsey DiMattina
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