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Smoking Parents Result Unhealthy Children

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Scientists from Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital want to remind parents about the threat of secondhand smoke.

Researchers examined data from numerous studies and hospitals showing how harmful secondhand smoke is for children.

The report found that about half of all children are being exposed to secondhand smoke. Third of all children in hospitals suffer from secondhand smoke.

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Children exposed to secondhand smoke are suffering from bronchitis, asthma, chest infections, ear infections, and heart disease, they have three times greater risk for developing lung cancer in adulthood.

About 1/4 of people are smokers with an average age of 25 to 34. Most of them are parents with young children. According do the report, some of parents even lie as if they don't smoke in from of their children, but they feel guilty.

Scientists urge parents to create a healthy environment for their youngsters. Parents should make their homes smoke-free, smoke only outside and wear coats when smoking, because it is not healthy to wear cigarette smelling clothes on. Smoking in a car is also very dangerous, because kids are being exposed to high doses of smoke.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "Second-hand smoke kills. We must continue to help people understand the dangers of second-hand smoke, especially for the health of their children.