Two new studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics look at how secondhand smoke exposure impacts America’s youth. One study links exposure to secondhand smoke in the home with a 50 percent increased risk of the development of neurobehavioral disorders in children. It suggests that 8 percent of the 5 million children younger than 12 who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home suffer from learning disabilities, ADHD and other behavioral disorders. On a more positive note, the second study suggests that children ages eight to 13 who have a negative opinion the smell of cigarette smoke are 78 percent less likely to start the habit later on.
Source: WSFA TV
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