29 March 2010
Passive smoking has a devastating effect on kids, claimed a study. Funded by Cancer Research UK and carried out by the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, partly based at Nottingham University, the research found that children whose parents both smoked were almost nine times as likely to be exposed to second–hand smoke as those in non–smoking families reports
“Many parents believe that smoking in only one room or when the children have gone to bed will somehow protect the children from exposure. It doesn’t,” said Prof John Britton, who has contributed to the study.
The research also showed that more than 20,000 chest infections, 1,20,000 bouts of middle ear disease and 200 cases of meningitis in youngsters are also thought to be linked to the effects of second–hand smoke both inside and outside the home.
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Source: Times of India