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Environmental tobacco smoke linked to behavior problems in children and pre-teens
Eurekalert ^ | 04/30/06 | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Posted on 05/23/2006 11:53:56 AM PDT by Moonman62

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study shows that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with behavior problems in children and pre-teens.

While the study examined 5 to 11 year olds with asthma, the findings most likely could be extrapolated to include children without asthma who "act out" or experience depression and anxiety, according to Kimberly Yolton, Ph.D., a researcher at the Children's Environmental Health Center at Cincinnati Children's and the study's main author

The study will be presented at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time Sunday, April 30, at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in San Francisco.

"This study provides further incentive for states to set public health standards to protect children from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke," says Dr. Yolton.

Dr. Yolton examined 225 children and pre-teens exposed to at least five cigarettes a day. On average, the children were exposed to approximately 14 cigarettes a day. The children were enrolled in an asthma intervention study. Dr. Yolton included additional measures to assess child behaviors.

To measure exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, Dr. Yolton measured levels of cotinine in the children's blood. Cotinine is a substance produced when nicotine is broken down by the body and can be measured in blood, urine, saliva and hair. It is considered the best available marker of environmental tobacco smoke exposure.

Dr. Yolton found a relationship between cotinine levels and increases in acting out; increases in holding things in, often manifested by anxiety and depression; increases in behavior problems as rated by parents, and behavior and school problems as rated by teachers; and, decreases in the ability to adapt to behavior problems.

"The greater the exposure to tobacco smoke, the greater the problems these children had," says Dr. Yolton. "Behavior problems in children have increased from 7 to 18 percent over the last 20 years for reasons that are poorly understood. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for child behavior problems."

In the United States, about 25 percent of children are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke in their own homes, yet more than 50 percent of children have detectable levels of cotinine in their blood, according to Dr. Yolton.

Previous studies have found link between tobacco smoke and birth weight, number of infections and other health problems, including asthma exacerbations. In a groundbreaking study in 2002, Dr. Yolton found that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with decreases in certain cognitive skills, including reading, math, and logic and reasoning, in children and adolescents.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a 475-bed institution devoted to bringing the world the joy of healthier kids. Cincinnati Children's is dedicated to transforming the way health care is delivered by providing care that is timely, efficient, effective, family-centered, equitable and safe. Cincinnati Children's ranks third nationally among all pediatric centers in research grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is a teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The Cincinnati Children's vision is to be the leader in improving child health. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org.


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1 posted on 05/23/2006 11:53:58 AM PDT by Moonman62
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To: Moonman62

Horsehockey.


2 posted on 05/23/2006 11:57:00 AM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

You put it a lot nicer than I would have.


3 posted on 05/23/2006 11:57:55 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Moonman62

And it cause global warming too...


4 posted on 05/23/2006 11:58:05 AM PDT by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: Moonman62

And it causes global warming too...


5 posted on 05/23/2006 11:58:14 AM PDT by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: Moonman62

Another total lie. These people should be barred from research for this agenda driven farce.


6 posted on 05/23/2006 12:01:41 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Moonman62

"Grant justification."


7 posted on 05/23/2006 12:02:17 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: elkfersupper

While I was reading the article I was thinking that it could be that parents who smoke around their children are worse parents. It's too early to conclude that it's the smoke.


8 posted on 05/23/2006 12:03:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

I can see it now. Parents sue tobacco companies because they have unruly teenagers. It will be the "I can't control my child because I smoked" lawsuits.

It may sound funny, but I'd bet that it is coming.


9 posted on 05/23/2006 12:04:53 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid - Kierkegaard)
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To: Moonman62
"This study provides further incentive for states to set public health standards to protect children from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke," says Dr. Yolton.

They will use this bunk study to ban parents from smoking with children in the home. Thats when the fireworks will start.
10 posted on 05/23/2006 12:05:26 PM PDT by microgood
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To: mysterio

"Another total lie."

And if you Google the woman's name, you will find that this "study" is all over the place. No hesitation to run with this pack of lies.


11 posted on 05/23/2006 12:05:42 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Moonman62

Any word on how much money Dr. Yolton has asked the NIH to supply her with so she can study these incredible findings further?


12 posted on 05/23/2006 12:06:24 PM PDT by Mase
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To: Moonman62

"While I was reading the article I was thinking that it could be that parents who smoke around their children are worse parents."

Perhaps children who have asthma have worse parents since these "studies" were done on asthmatic children.


13 posted on 05/23/2006 12:07:14 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Moonman62
I fart in their general direction.


And yes ... that IS about as intellectual as I can get with these pathetic, naive, people.

May they inhale the exhaust from my SUV as they run down the highway of life!



14 posted on 05/23/2006 12:08:53 PM PDT by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of outthinking our adversaries?)
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To: L98Fiero

I'd like to see people who perpetrate these public policy forgeries spend some time in jail. They are the true danger to society.


15 posted on 05/23/2006 12:10:02 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Moonman62

Link, huh?

NO WAY could this be an irrefutable scientific link.

Must be a sausage link........


16 posted on 05/23/2006 12:10:04 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Moonman62
Oh boy...
There they go again.

Makes you wonder about their competence if they can't even figure out the difference between corelation and causation?

17 posted on 05/23/2006 12:10:21 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: SheLion; Gabz
ETS causes bad behavior in brats!

A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study shows that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with behavior problems in children and pre-teens.

18 posted on 05/23/2006 12:10:22 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: G.Mason

OMG! I haven't heard that in ages. What is the genesis?


19 posted on 05/23/2006 12:11:30 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: L98Fiero

Any parent that would smoke around an asthmatic child really is bad.


20 posted on 05/23/2006 12:12:22 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

Horsehocky and then some:

The problem with bad behavior in kids and teens is this:

THERE ARE NO CONSEQUENCES FOR ANY OF THEIR ACTIONS, SMALL OR LARGE!!!!!!

If you try to train a dog or horse and don't reprimand them for doing the wrong thing, and repeat the desired moves until they "get it", then you won't succeed there, either.

How come people who understand how to train a dog cannot understand how to raise a child??

There should be consequences for actions. These kids don't get any such behavior modification thru all their school years, and then when they land in a job, they don't get it when they get written up for something. Glad I don't have to employ them at all anymore.


21 posted on 05/23/2006 12:12:22 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: synbad600

Monty Python, of course.


22 posted on 05/23/2006 12:13:21 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62
Dr. Yolton examined 225 children and pre-teens exposed to at least five cigarettes a day.

And how did she choose her control group?

Control group? What's a control group?

The 15 year World Health Organization tracking tens of thousands of people found no correlation between environmental smoke and any disease. In fact might have found a slight positive correlation. Of course they didn't test for neuroses...

I wonder what they did wrong?

23 posted on 05/23/2006 12:14:13 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: Moonman62

BS alert


24 posted on 05/23/2006 12:16:13 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: ridesthemiles

Smoke-blowers aside, SHS is poison. Anything bad comes from poisons. Nothing good, particularly the drivel spewing forth on this otherwise prestigious and noble forum.

Over four hundred poisonous chemicals in cigaette bonfire exhaust. All kinds of nasty effects may be noted.


25 posted on 05/23/2006 12:16:18 PM PDT by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Scmidt, CEO Google)
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To: Publius6961

Worrying about the scientific method? Heck, that kind of thinking could put the DEA out of business.


26 posted on 05/23/2006 12:16:23 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Publius6961

And if you can't believe a UN agency who can you believe?


27 posted on 05/23/2006 12:16:43 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Gabz; SheLion

Ping


28 posted on 05/23/2006 12:19:03 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Moonman62
Any parent that would smoke around an asthmatic child really is bad.

My sainted Father was told to smoke around my asthmatic baby sister by our family physician. She had exactly one asthma attack in her life.

29 posted on 05/23/2006 12:21:35 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: at bay
road apples.. SHS is crap, I am a product of smokers, as is the rest of my extended family, and NOT one of us has had any smoking related problems period end of issue.oh ya and we are all in out late 40"s to middle 50"s
30 posted on 05/23/2006 12:23:51 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: at bay

Statists are the real cancer on our society. Your movement must be exposed and shamed.


31 posted on 05/23/2006 12:23:51 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Moonman62
Cincinnati Children's ranks third nationally among all pediatric centers in research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

And to think that we're paying for this crap.

32 posted on 05/23/2006 12:24:21 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: synbad600
Monty Python's Flyyyyying Cirrrrrrcus!


The year is 932AD and King Arthur and his loyal manservant, Patsy, are seeking worthy knights to join the round table at Camelot. He needs a good team to go in search of the 'Holy Grail'.

Patsy is in charge of the coconut shells which, when knocked together, make the sound of horses hooves.

A French soldier stands on the ramparts of a castle and at the mention of the Holy Grail says that they already have one, so they aren't interested in what the Englishmen have to say.

'I fart in your general direction', says the Frenchman before throwing a cow over the ramparts.
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33 posted on 05/23/2006 12:25:06 PM PDT by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of outthinking our adversaries?)
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To: Moonman62
Dr. Yolton is an incompetent twit. Exposure to liberals is what he's really looking at. I'll bet the IQs of the children drop 50 points just being around him.
34 posted on 05/23/2006 12:25:07 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Moonman62
environmental tobacco smoke

Now there is a new liberal term. What's next, environmental chewing gum or environmental dog poop?

35 posted on 05/23/2006 12:25:32 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: at bay
All kinds of nasty effects may be noted.

But one positive effect is that it apparently prevents smokers from bloviating hysterical B.S.

36 posted on 05/23/2006 12:26:13 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Moonman62

In other news, a distinct correlation has been found between live birth and misbehaviour in children....


37 posted on 05/23/2006 12:26:35 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smogger

Don't forget it also kills kittens and unicorns.


38 posted on 05/23/2006 12:27:14 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Twenty years in the Navy. Never drunk on duty - never sober on liberty)
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To: Moonman62
While I was reading the article I was thinking that it could be that parents who smoke around their children are worse parents.

Oh, and non-smokers kids never misbehave. Puhleeeeze. All this 'research' from the saintly capital of iconic behaviour, in San Francisco!

39 posted on 05/23/2006 12:29:42 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Moonman62

I'm not a smoker, and neither is my wife...but this sounds like absolute BULL SH!T.

That is all for now.


40 posted on 05/23/2006 12:32:06 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: Moonman62

My BS detector actually exploded as I scanned across this little piece of editorial manure. Sigh! I knew I should have invested in the industrial strength model.


41 posted on 05/23/2006 12:34:21 PM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
All this 'research' from the saintly capital of iconic behaviour, in San Francisco!

San Fransisco...maybe we all misread this and they were talking about the negative effects of pole smoking

42 posted on 05/23/2006 12:35:51 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Twenty years in the Navy. Never drunk on duty - never sober on liberty)
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To: markman46

"road apples.. SHS is crap, I am a product of smokers,"

As am I and my brother and my sister. As was my grandmother, uncles, etc. Smoking related illenesses (cancer, emphazema, etc.) have claimed no lives in my family. Of my family members, those who don't work themselves to death historically tend to live into their 90's.


43 posted on 05/23/2006 12:37:19 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Moonman62

The person who wrote this was smoking something other than tobacco.


44 posted on 05/23/2006 12:48:31 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: Moonman62

I don't doubt that there's some direct effect, but I suspect that there's a strong correlation between poor parenting skills and parents who smoke in their homes with young children, and that the latter accounts for at least as much of the problem as the smoke itself.


45 posted on 05/23/2006 12:52:45 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Moonman62

Marijuana is 7 times more dangerous than tobacco smoke!


46 posted on 05/23/2006 12:53:00 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: Moonman62

Most people that smoke are addicted and thus have a behavior problem.


People that have behavior problems will have children that have behavior problems.


47 posted on 05/23/2006 12:55:54 PM PDT by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV
People that have behavior problems will have children that have behavior problems.

Other people who held this belief found themselves in control of Germany in the late-1930's.

48 posted on 05/23/2006 12:58:35 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Moonman62

I am in awe of your omnipotent powers!!!!!!!!!

Teach me the truth, Master!~!!!!!!!!


49 posted on 05/23/2006 1:05:21 PM PDT by 383rr ((those who choose security over liberty deserve neither; GUN CONTROL=SLAVERY)
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To: Moonman62

"Behavior problems in children have increased from 7 to 18 percent over the last 20 years for reasons that are poorly understood. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for child behavior problems."

That's odd, the percentage of adult smokers went down from 30.1 to 20.9 from 1987 to 2006.


50 posted on 05/23/2006 1:11:54 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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