Protect kids from tobacco smoke for better social well being
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.
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
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.