This is why even though none of the smoke inside the apartment room, children can still be exposed to smoke from the living apartments of others who smoke.
In addition, smokers can still carry residual tobacco smoke is not visible on the clothing and hair into the house, can even stick to the furniture, carpets, curtains, toys and other items that can be touched or put into the mouths of children.
“I believe these findings will help to create social and political will to push people toward the establishment of smoke-free housing policy,” said one study’s authors, Dr Jonathon Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, reported by ABC News on Thursday (12/16/2010) .
The new study shows that children who live in apartments have a higher nicotine blood levels, namely 45 percent higher than children who live in ordinary houses.
This study is based on blood samples of more than 5,000 children who live in separate houses, one house with parents and multi-unit housing such as apartments.
The findings will be published in the January issue of Pediatrics, 2011, shows that in multi-unit buildings or apartments, exposure to tobacco smoke in children still exist even if no one was smoking in the house.
Looking at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in children aged 6 to 18 years from 2001 to 2006, researchers from the University of Rochester, New York, also found that the highest levels of nicotine contamination in children aged 12 years, were black and living in poverty level.
“These findings highlight the negative effects of smoking far, not only in smokers themselves and their close contacts, but also the impact and health burden of their neighbors and society as a whole,” said Dr. Nanci Yuan, clinical professor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in UStanford University, California .
So far, cigarette smoke has been known to cause increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and respiratory problems, and ear infections in children.
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