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Never smoke indoors for the sake of your child

Researchers in the US say that children who live with a smoker or are exposed to tobacco smoke at their homes become frequently ill.

health and fitness Updated: May 03, 2016 11:33 IST
Smoking kills

Researchers say that children who live with a smoker or are exposed to tobacco smoke within the confines of the home become frequently ill.(Shutterstock)

Smoking is bad for the health, we always knew that but it gets to children sooner than we thought. Researchers say that children who live with a smoker or are exposed to tobacco smoke within the confines of the home become frequently ill and are more likely to have pediatric health care visits, including sick care.

“Our findings indicate that tobacco smoke exposure has a significant impact on demand for health care services,” said lead study author Ashley Merianos from University of Cincinnati.

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The US team analysed 2011-2012 data from the National Survey on Children’s Health and looked at newborn to 17-years-old children, living with smokers compared with those who not exposed to tobacco smoke at home.

The results revealed a total of 24 percent of the children lived with smokers.

Children who live with smokers end up in the doctor’s office or hospital more often than those not exposed to tobacco smoke.

Children exposed to smoke are more likely to have pediatric health care visits. (Shutterstock)

“Pediatric emergency departments could serve as effective outlets for health messages to inform caregivers about the dangers of smoking around children and help decrease these potentially preventable tobacco smoke exposure-related visits and associated costs,” Merianos added.

The study was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 meeting in Baltimore, US recently.