Protect kids from tobacco smoke for better social well being

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Researchers have reported there is an increased risk of delinquency and dropping out of school by 12 years old when children are exposed to tobacco smoke at home early in life.

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It's clearly bad for the respiratory health of young kids when they are exposed to tobacco smoke. New research has found exposure to tobacco smoke early in life is also bad for the social development of kids.

Tobacco smoke exposure at home in early childhood serves as a predictor of delinquency

The Université de Montréal reports that tobacco smoke exposure at home in early childhood serves as a predictor of delinquency. There is also an increased risk of dropping out of school by the time a child is 12 years old with early exposure to tobacco smoke.

Professor Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal’s School of Psycho-Education led this research. His research shows there is an increased risk of developing antisocial behavior in dealing with others the more kids are exposed to household tobacco smoke in early childhood. There are also higher rates of conduct problems in school and dropping out in these kids.

Tobacco smoke is considered to be toxic to the brains of children

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Pagani points out that young kids do not have very much control over being exposed to household tobacco smoke. This smoke is considered to be toxic to the brain at such a sensitive time in its development. The finding of environmental factors early in life that influence well-being as children are growing highlights a significant target for consideration in dealing with individual and community health.

Parents who smoke near their kids expose them to second and third hand smoke. It has been known there are increased risks for short and long term health problems in these kids. Pagani says now there is also evidence suggesting early life exposure to tobacco smoke generates dangers for developing brain systems which control behavioral decisions, emotional and social life, and cognitive functioning.

Exposure to tobacco smoke may be associated with abnormal brain development

The researchers say that chronic or transient exposure to second and third hand tobacco smoke may be associated with abnormal brain development. The antisocial behavior which may develop is characterized by intent to harm other people, a lack of positive social feelings, and tendencies to violate social norms. Aggression and criminal offenses are often linked to such behaviors. Academic problems are also generally seen with antisocial behavior.

This study has been published in Indoor Air. The findings in this study should encourage initiatives towards creating parental awareness of developmental risks which their children may be confronted with if they are exposed to tobacco smoke early in life. Clearly is is of vital importance to attempt to create a smoke free environment for children.

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Then fireplace smoke should do the same thing . Because it contains all the same constituents as tobacco smoke. More likely is that smokers are more rebellious and the kids inherit the same genes- a factor not controlled for in this study.
The inconvenient truth is that the only studies of children of smokers suggest it is PROTECTIVE in contracting atopy in the first place. The New Zealand study says by a staggering factor of 82%. “Participants with atopic parents were also less likely to have positive SPTs between ages 13 and 32 years if they smoked themselves (OR=0.18), and this reduction in risk remained significant after adjusting for confounders. The authors write: “We found that children who were exposed to parental smoking and those who took up cigarette smoking themselves had a lower incidence of atopy to a range of common inhaled allergens. “These associations were found only in those with a parental history of asthma or hay fever.” They conclude: Our findings suggest that preventing allergic sensitization is not one of them.” The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 121, Issue 1 , Pages 38-42.e3, January 2008 . This is a Swedish study. “Children of mothers who smoked at least 15 cigarettes a day tended to have lower odds for suffering from allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, atopic eczema and food allergy, compared to children of mothers who had never smoked (ORs 0.6-0.7) CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates an association between current exposure to tobacco smoke and a low risk for atopic disorders in smokers themselves and a similar tendency in their children.” Clin Exp Allergy 2001 Jun;31(6):908-14 ................... In 2008 this paper was produced in America and concludes that nictotine and hence active smoking and passive smoking leads to less asthma. It also gives the aetiology (causation) why nicotine and the biologial process that reduces asthma in recipients. The results unequivocally show that, even after multiple allergen sensitizations, nicotine dramatically suppresses inflammatory/allergic parameters in the lung including the following: eosinophilic/lymphocytic emigration; mRNA and/or protein expression of the Th2 cytokines/chemokines IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, IL-25, and eotaxin; leukotriene C4; and total as well as allergen-specific IgE. unequivocally show that, even after multiple allergen sensitizations, nicotine dramatically suppresses inflammatory/allergic parameters in the lung including the following: eosinophilic/lymphocytic emigration; mRNA and/or protein expression of the Th2 cytokines/chemokines IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, IL-25, and eotaxin; leukotriene C4; and total as well as allergen-specific IgE. ”