Health Matters: Kids and Secondhand Smoke

By: Triston Sanders Email
By: Triston Sanders Email

In today's health matters, doctors say that tobacco smoke, even secondhand smoke, can make children sick; especially when it comes to respiratory illnesses.

Now new data finds that children aged six to eleven years old, who live with smokers, have a greater chance of missing school than kids who don't have smokers in their household.

They found, on the average, children living with one or more smokers in their homes, missed one to two more days of school per year than kids who lived with non-smokers.

When it came to certain health conditions, researchers found, living with two or more smokers, increased a child's risk of developing three or more ear infections within the year, as well as greater likelihood of a child developing a chest cold.

Investigators concluded that tobacco exposure not only affects a child's health, but it can also lead to academic disadvantages as well.

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