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.
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.
Monty Python, of course.
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?
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.
Worrying about the scientific method? Heck, that kind of thinking could put the DEA out of business.
And if you can't believe a UN agency who can you believe?
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.
Statists are the real cancer on our society. Your movement must be exposed and shamed.
And to think that we're paying for this crap.
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."
Now there is a new liberal term. What's next, environmental chewing gum or environmental dog poop?
But one positive effect is that it apparently prevents smokers from bloviating hysterical B.S.
In other news, a distinct correlation has been found between live birth and misbehaviour in children....
Don't forget it also kills kittens and unicorns.
Oh, and non-smokers kids never misbehave. Puhleeeeze. All this 'research' from the saintly capital of iconic behaviour, in San Francisco!
I'm not a smoker, and neither is my wife...but this sounds like absolute BULL SH!T.
That is all for now.
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.
San Fransisco...maybe we all misread this and they were talking about the negative effects of pole smoking
"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.
The person who wrote this was smoking something other than tobacco.
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.
Marijuana is 7 times more dangerous than tobacco smoke!
Most people that smoke are addicted and thus have a behavior problem.
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.
I am in awe of your omnipotent powers!!!!!!!!!
Teach me the truth, Master!~!!!!!!!!
"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.