Did You Know?: Second-Hand Smoke Harms Kids' Mental Health
Iím Jeremy Shere.
Itís bad enough that secondhand smoke can wreak havoc on the lungs of non-smokers. But did you know that secondhand smoke may also cause mental health problems in kids?
Around two of every three kids in the United States ages three to eleven are exposed to secondhand smoke. And one out of five kids ages nine to 17 have some type of mental disorder.
Suspecting there may be a link between those statistics, British scientists looked at more than 900 nonsmoking children between the ages of four and eight. They measured their exposure to smoke and surveyed their parents about their kidsí mental and emotional health.
The kids with the most exposure to secondhand smoke showed the strongest evidence of mental health problems.
The study doesnít explain why smoke exposure could affect mental health. And factors other than inhaling secondhand smoke may be at play. But the study strongly suggests yet another reason why smoking puts kids at risk.
And now you know.
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