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Thursday, October 17, 2013

50% of Children Exposed to Second Hand Smoke

There have been plenty of studies that show the dangers associated with tobacco smoke for parents to make an educated choice about smoking in front or around their loved ones. Despite the research, parents continue to smoke in the house, exposing the toxins to their children. New research has shown that 53 percent of children ages 6 to 19 have been exposed to secondhand smoke.

The study focused on an analysis of national data of children ages 6 to 11, researchers found that even low levels of secondhand smoke were associated with more: missed days of school, sleep disturbances, more wheezing and less physical activity.

“Adolescents may have more sporadic exposure (hanging with friends), compared to younger children who may be more chronically exposed at home,” study author Lara Akinbami of the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, told Reuters.

Akinbami pointed out that other research found that parents who only smoke in one room of the house don't protect children against secondhand smoke.

Last year, a review of studies published on the study found that exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of asthma in children and teens by at least 20 percent.  

The findings are published in Academic Pediatrics.
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