Recent Blog Articles

Child & Teen Health

Secondhand marijuana smoke and kids

June 5, 2018

About the Author

photo of Claire McCarthy, MD

Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
View all posts by Claire McCarthy, MD


As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles.

No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.


August 2, 2018

What, if anything, can be done about neighbors who smoke? The smoke wafts down into my sister in law’s home. She has two very young children and is rightfully concerned.

Donna Cooper
July 2, 2018

All I know is if I’m a parent or pregnant I won’t do anything that “might” effect my child. Is smoking really that important?

June 8, 2018

I have a question about a mother who smokes marijuana and breastfeeds. Not necessarily smoking while nursing or in front of the child, but a breastfeeding mother who uses. I have a relative who smokes and is breastfeeding her baby and I often wonder what affect it might have, if any, on the child (i.e. anything crossing over in the breast milk to the baby?). I would appreciate your thoughts, or it would be great if a separate article could be written on the subject and any related research. Thanks.

Brenda Paganelli
June 6, 2018

My daughter has vitaligo. I’ve been advised that going gluten free reduces inflamation which causes vitaligo. Do you agree? Or suggest another diet?

June 6, 2018

It’s a shame that with all that education, you’re still so misinformed about cannabis. That’s because you’ve been educated/ brainwashed by big Pharma. Instead of worrying about the non existent “dangers of secondhand marijuana smoke”, you should be worried about the over prescribing of antidepressants, anti anxieties, and anti psychotics to our kids. The poison big Pharma pumps into our children is the real danger to our children’s brains.

June 6, 2018

Awesome post and straight to the point I don’t know if this in actually the best place to ask but do you people have any idea where to employees some professional writing?? Thanks advance

Commenting has been closed for this post.

Free Healthbeat Signup

Get the latest in health news delivered to your inbox!

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Thanks for visiting. Don't miss your FREE gift.

The Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness, is yours absolutely FREE when you sign up to receive Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Sign up to get tips for living a healthy lifestyle, with ways to fight inflammation and improve cognitive health, plus the latest advances in preventative medicine, diet and exercise, pain relief, blood pressure and cholesterol management, and more.

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Get helpful tips and guidance for everything from fighting inflammation to finding the best diets for weight loss...from exercises to build a stronger core to advice on treating cataracts. PLUS, the latest news on medical advances and breakthroughs from Harvard Medical School experts.

BONUS! Sign up now and
get a FREE copy of the
Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Stay on top of latest health news from Harvard Medical School.

Plus, get a FREE copy of the Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness.