Skip to comments.Environmental tobacco smoke linked to behavior problems in children and pre-teens
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.
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.
You put it a lot nicer than I would have.
And it cause global warming too...
And it causes global warming too...
Another total lie. These people should be barred from research for this agenda driven farce.
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.
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.
"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.
Any word on how much money Dr. Yolton has asked the NIH to supply her with so she can study these incredible findings further?
"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.
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!
I'd like to see people who perpetrate these public policy forgeries spend some time in jail. They are the true danger to society.
NO WAY could this be an irrefutable scientific link.
Must be a sausage link........
Makes you wonder about their competence if they can't even figure out the difference between corelation and causation?
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.
OMG! I haven't heard that in ages. What is the genesis?
Any parent that would smoke around an asthmatic child really is bad.
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