Study Examines Effects of Passive Tobacco Smoke on Risk of Asthma

In the October 2018 edition of Environmental Research, a study “compared the risk of asthma in groups exposed to passive tobacco smoke.” Over the course of the study period, “passive smoke exposure level among children ages 3-11 in the US” decreased, but researchers still found “higher exposure to passive smoke is still associated with higher odds of childhood asthma.” They also found “highly exposed asthmatic children… were primarily Non-Hispanic Black and whose family incomes were below poverty guidelines.” The researchers concluded that “targeted smoking cessation interventions in clinical practices are needed to reduce tobacco smoke exposure and related asthma risk in children, particularly in low-income and minority groups.”

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