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Friday, March 23, 2012

Secondhand Smoke Increases Chances of Asthma

IMG_6224.JPG(Photo credit: Justin Masterson)It has long been understood that smoking cigarettes can cause asthma as well as a number of other health disorders. There have been a number of asthma cases that have also developed as a result of secondhand smoke exposure. A review of several studies has shown that secondhand smoke increases the risk of wheezing and asthma in children and teens by at least 20 percent. Researchers claim that preventing parental smoking is crucially important to the prevention of asthma.

70 studies published between 1997 and 2011 were analyzed in the new report.

Parents who smoke while pregnant as well as those who started smoking again right after the birth, have the greatest chances of their child developing a breathing disorder, Reuters reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency, reports that children are more susceptible to the effects of secondhand smoke due to the fact that they are still developing. Children are smaller than adults, they breathe more rapidly, taking in more secondhand smoke.

The analysis was published in Pediatrics.
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