Second hand smoke tied to children’s behaviour

A study that looks at whether children exposed to tobacco smoke are more susceptible to neurobehavioural disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and conduct disorders has found that childhood neurobehavioural disorders may be attributable to second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure in the home, but that they are probably not caused by SHS.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health used the results of a National Survey on Children’s Health taken in 2007 and found that children exposed to SHS had 50% increased odds of childhood neurobehavioural disorders, with boys having a significantly greater risk.

Source: Pediatrics

First published in July 2011

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