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Almost Half of Kids Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Despite moves in many major cities to establish clean indoor air policies, 42 percent of American children are still exposed to secondhand smoke each week, according to a new study.

The Social Climate Survey of Tobacco was conducted by the American Legacy Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics and researchers from Mississippi State University.

The survey found that seventy-five percent of American households forbid smoking in the home and car, but the remaining percentage of children aren’t protected from secondhand smoke. The survey also found that among parents who smoke, only 53.5 percent prohibit smoking in the home and only 22.5 percent forbid smoking in the family vehicle.

“Children especially deserve smoke-free environments, and all public places where children eat and play should be protected from secondhand smoke,” Dr. Jonathan Klein, director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center for Excellence, said in an AAP news release. “Adults have the power to make healthier decisions for their children, and there needs to be more done to protect children in homes and cars from the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

“The effects of secondhand smoke are serious and should not be minimized,” added Cheryl G. Healton, president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the United States.

Secondhand smoke increases children’s risk of developing asthma, ear infections and cavities and can increase infants’ risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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