New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How does smoking cessation also affect those living around the smoker?

Dr. Silk talks about how smoking cessation helps those around you. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Making the choice to quit smoking and following through with the decision will benefit not only your health, but the health of your family and all those around you, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Secondhand and thirdhand smoke have harmful effects on the health of people around you, including your children and spouse.

Secondhand smoke has been linked to increased risk of heart disease. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are a higher risk of developing asthma, middle ear infections and lung infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Smoking cessation is especially important when there is an infant in your home, because exposure to secondhand smoke puts babies at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to the ACOG.

By quitting smoking, you are choosing to put not only your health, but your family’s health first, and you are setting a good example for your children and others around you, according to the ACS.

Talk to your physician for more information about how choosing to quit smoking is affects others in your home.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine