Study: Secondhand smoke related to year-round asthma with kids

Children with asthma whose parents smoke at home are twice as likely to have asthma symptoms all year long than children of non-smokers, a new study shows. Overall, in a nationwide sample of children with asthma, about 13 percent of parents of asthmatic children still smoke – even though second-hand smoke is known to trigger asthma attacks and symptoms in kids. Those findings, made by University of Michigan researchers, reinforce the importance of educating parents about how their own smoking can affect their children with asthma. The study is based on data from in-depth phone interviews with 896 parents of asthmatic children ages 2 to 12 years in 10 states. For more information and to read the full Newswise article, visit //