A recent American study shows that non-smoking adults who’re raised by parents who smoked are at greater risks of dying from severe lung ailments. Passive smoking is likely to increase the number of deaths occurring annually by seven which is around 100,000. American Cancer Society conducted the study on 70,900 non-smoking males and females. Quitting is the most effective way to keep children safe, say experts.
The research found that living with a smoker in adult years has other health implications. Being exposed to smoke for 10hours or more each week increases death-risks by 23% from stroke, 27% from ischemic heart disease and 42% from chronic obstructive lung disease. The research was printed in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Questions about smoke-exposure were asked to the participants of the study and their health and lifestyles were kept under tracking for the next 22years.
Hazel Cheeseman of Action on Smoking and Health said that in order to protect children, smoking should be restricted to outdoors. Data collected in England on NHS Stop Smoking Services were referred to by her and better findings were called for. Dr. Nick Hopkinson too agreed that passive smoking has negative impacts on health well after childhood ends. He said that help must be given to women who smoke during their pregnancies and also to parents of infants so that they quit smoking.
Children who were around parents who smoked have greater risks of suffering from asthma and under-developed lungs. These problems persist in their adulthood and might cause chronic obstructive lung disease. Other than mortality risks, emphasis was also put on chronic illnesses and healthcare dependencies in later lives that are caused by second-hand smoking in childhood.
Dr. Ryan Diver identified the study as the first one to realize a connection between passive smoking in childhood and death in adulthood from chronic obstructive lung disease. The findings will hopefully provide more proof to reduce second-hand exposure to smoke throughout life.