Over the years there has been multiple researchers looking for connections between the impact of tobacco smoke and the next generations asthma, obesity and cognition rates.

 by Dr. Alan Kadish NMD

When you think of the still fairly ubiquitous nature of tobacco products and their direct health effects and costs, estimated at $300 billion, yes with a B, in medical cares and lost productivity it’s hard to believe we can continue to support this lifestyle. And factor in the >480,000 deaths per year and their costs and you get a sense of the enormity of the problem.

We need to look a bit more long distance with the impacts of tobacco smoke. Why, because its’ influence for the next generations, who may or may not smoke is critical. In the International Journal of Epidemiology in March of 2018 they looked at ~4100 smokers and assessed the incidence of asthma in the offspring.

The findings are easy to understand, “Fathers’ smoking during early adolescence and grandmothers’ and mothers’ smoking during pregnancy may independently increase asthma risk in offspring. Thus, risk factors for asthma should be sought in both parents and before conception”.

But the real issue is that the tobacco products may also having an impact on our kids cognition , short-term memory and hyperactivity if you extrapolate from this mouse study.

Or perhaps the University of Kentucky study showing a link between adult and adolescent obesity  and a chemical, chemerin, which is increased  if one smokes during pregnancy. This is the opposite from their birth situation as babies will be born premature and have a low birthweight to smoking moms. The long term cost of obesity and the implications are staggering. In the U.S., nearly 35% of adults and 20% of children aged 6–19 years are obese, which costs the U.S. healthcare system some $200 billion annually. Your probably getting the picture of the insane amount of medical costs that we can not afford to support.

And if you think that the smoking situation is getting better, think again. Pregnant women are apparently mistakenly using the e-cigarette option thinking it’s safer and even in the 2016 statistics CDC reports 11 percent of youth use e-cigarettes.

In the “2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey” its showing a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth over past year. The numbers are stagering as revealed in their surveys.  The number of United States high school students who reported being current e-cigarette users increased 78% to 3.05 million between 2017 and 2018, while the number of middle school students who identified as current e-cigarette users increased 48% to 570,000 during this time period

The FTC 2018 report states that, “In 2016, tobacco companies spent $9.5 billion marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the United States. This amount translates to about $26 million each day, or more than $1 million every hour”. The only good news was their finding that “The total number of cigarettes reported sold by the major manufacturers, 240.5 billion in 2016, decreased by 3.7 billion units (1.5 percent) from 2015.”

Did you know that there’s an estimated 36.5 million tobacco users in the US ?

A really good overview of the situation from a dollars and cents point of view in terms of which states are worse can be seen here; 

Source: WalletHub

Take Aways:

Smoking, regardless of the form, is a health disaster.

If you use tobacco products…… stop !

If you live with others that are smoking they are robbing you of your health, ask/demand they stop.

All forms of smoke from the crap on your home surfaces, coated with the tar and other byproducts  to the coated dust, are toxic. 

Read and share the information from the No-Smoke organization to those who smoke.

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Alan Kadish

Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a “doctor detective”. His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians and clinics have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and chronic complex diseases (focused on autoimmune and neurological conditions). If your wanting or needing some answers for your health issues call us at the Center of Health, 541.773.3191 .