Cigarette Smoking and Child Custody

Law Offices of Anthony R. Scifo – Cigarette Smoking and Child Custody – Call 847-628-8311

If you have some concerns for the welfare and health of your children due to exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke around a parent, contact our law firm.

Secondhand smoke is a combination of the smoke emanating from a lit cigarette along with the smoke the user is exhaling. Secondhand smoke, regardless of cigarette brand, contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic and cancer-causing. It causes multiple health problems among children, including asthma attacks, respiratory ailments and ear infections.*

Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy results in over 1,000 deaths among infants every year. Many of the health problems secondhand smoke causes for adults include lung cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Cigarette Smoking and Child Custody

Breathing in secondhand smoke may have immediate negative effects on the blood and blood system, which increases the risks of suffering a heart attack.

-Inhaling secondhand smoke causes interference with the heart’s normal function. It also impacts the vascular system in ways that can significantly increase the risk of stroke. Even exposure for a brief time can cause damage to blood vessels. These unhealthy changes can result in a potentially fatal heart attack. People who have heart disease already are at particularly elevated risk of suffering negative effects from inhaling secondhand cigarette smoke.

-Through exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke, even nonsmokers are inhaling a lot of the same hazardous substances as smokers. Similar to active cigarette smoking, the more a person is exposed to smoke their risk of lung cancer increases.

If you are involved in a dispute of Cigarette Smoking and Child Custody in Illinois and have concerns over the health of your child, consult with a divorce lawyer to ensure they are receiving adequate protection.

Contact the Law Offices of Anthony R. Scifo at 847-628-8311.

*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.