Passive Smoking Of Children Is Possible Through General Ventilation – Part 1 of 3
Passive Smoking Of Children Is Possible Through General Ventilation. Children who end in smoke-free apartments but have neighbors who light up suffer from exposure to smoke that seeps through walls or shared ventilation systems, novel research shows. Compared to kids who live in detached homes, apartment-dwelling children have 45 percent more cotinine, a marker of tobacco exposure, in their blood, according to a research published in the January issue of Pediatrics. Although this study didn’t look at whether the health of the children was compromised, previous studies have shown physiologic changes, including cognitive disruption, with increased levels of cotinine, even at the lowest levels of exposure, said sanctum author Dr Karen Wilson.
And “We think that this research supports the efforts of people who have already been moving so as to approach banning smoking in multi-unit housing in their own communities,” added Wilson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Vince Willmore, shortcoming president of communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, agreed. “This study demonstrates the importance of implementing smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing and of parents adopting smoke-free policies in all homes”. Since smoke doesn’t discourage in one place, Willmore said only comprehensive smoke-free policies provide effective protection.
The authors analyzed data from a state survey of 5002 children between 6 and 18 years old who lived in nonsmoking homes. The children lived in detached houses, attached homes and apartments, which allowed the researchers to consult if cotinine levels varied by types of housing. About three-quarters of children living in any kind of housing had been exposed to secondhand smoke, but apartment dwellers had 45 percent more cotinine in their blood than residents of disinterested houses. For white apartment residents, the difference was even more startling: a 212 percent increase vs 46 percent in blacks and no increase in other races or ethnicities.