Pulmonologist Questions Whooping Cough

My daughter is having whooping cought. Could it be due to passive smoke?

My daughter has the whooping cough. No one else at her daycare has it. Could it be due to passive smoking as my husband is a chain smoker?

1 Answer

Smoke from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, or tobacco burning in a hookah. This type of smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and is more toxic than mainstream smoke. It also has smaller particles than mainstream smoke. These smaller particles make their way into the lungs and the body’s cells more easily. Young children are most affected by SHS and least able to avoid it. Most of their exposure to SHS comes from adults (parents or others) smoking at home. Studies show that children whose parents smoke:

* Get sick more often
* Have more lung infections (like bronchitis and pneumonia)
* Are more likely to cough, wheeze, and have shortness of breath
* Get more ear infections

These are quotes from the American Cancer Website. If your daughter has whooping cough, it is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella Pertussis, but her exposure to second-hand smoke more than likely made her more susceptible