Passive Smoking Exposure Increases Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Risk And Other Health Issues Among Kids


The latest research shows that adults who don’t smoke are at a higher risk of dying of severe lung disorders if they grew up with parents who smoked in their area. The study can be found in the latest issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

The American Cancer Society led the research and it analyzed more than 70,900 non-smoking adult participants aged between 50 and 74 years when the study began.

Kids growing up with smokers have increased risks for health issues 

Researchers found that if the participants grew up with a smoker, they had an increased risk of health issues including severe lung problems.

It was calculated that childhood passive smoking could add seven more deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adult deaths each year.

Participants at the study were asked about their exposure to second-hand smoke during their lives, and their health problems have been tracked in the national database for 22 years.

The results highlighted that kids who were exposed to smoke for 10 or more hours per week every week, had a 27% raised risk of death due to ischemic heart disease, 23% raised risk of death due to strokes and 42% raised risk of dying of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) compared to non-smokers who grew up with non-smokers.

The health issues will manifest later in life 

COPD includes more lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Overall death rates were 31% higher among people who were exposed to second-hand smoke as kids.

More than that, kids who grow up with parents who smoke were exposed at a greater risk for developing asthma, lung disease and they also have an unhealthy lung development.

All these health conditions will not be seen during the childhood of exposed kids, but throughout their adult lives. People who have children are usually advised to quit smoking altogether for their own benefits and for their kids’.


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