Alarming number of kids still exposed to secondhand smoke
Even smoking in another room or outside won't protect kids from secondhand smoke exposure.
Wed, Oct 16 2013 at 1:27 PM
OK people. If you have to smoke
— even after hearing for decades about how bad smoking is for you — can you at least do it away from the kids?
A distressing new survey has found that — despite the ads
— alarming numbers of children are still exposed to secondhand smoke each day. According to national data from 2003 to 2010, half of all kids aged 6 to 19 have been exposed to secondhand smoke
. Even kids with asthma
The survey, published in the journal Academic Pediatrics
, noted that young kids are particularly susceptible to health problems from exposure to secondhand smoke. Kids ages 6 to 11 that are exposed to even low levels of secondhand smoke had more missed school days and more trouble sleeping; experienced more wheezing; and were less physically active than their peers. And what did researchers define as "low-level" secondhand smoke exposure? That's when a parent or guardian routinely smokes in another room or even outside. When kids were exposed to secondhand smoke in the same room or in a car the health problems were magnified.
So what's the best way to limit your child's exposure to secondhand smoke? Not smoking or letting others smoke around them - even if they take their smokes outside. And limiting exposure from other sources — such as neighboring apartments — is also a good idea.
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