Study examines risk of second hand smoke in multi-unit housing

According to a new study from the journal Pediatrics, children who live in multi-unit housing have higher levels of tobacco smoke contamination in their blood even when no one smokes in their own apartment. The study, ‘Tobacco-Smoke Exposure in Children Who Live in Multiunit Housing,’ provides evidence that children in apartments have higher blood levels of cotinine, a byproduct of tobacco smoke exposure, compared to children living in attached and detached houses, and that no ventilation system or other alternative provides adequate protection from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. To view the abstract click here. A news article is also available here.