August 27, 2013

Children+Secondhand Smoke=More Illness

Children exposed to secondhand smoke who are hospitalized with influenza have more severe illness.

The Journal of Pediatrics compared children (exposed vs. not exposed) hospitalized between 2002 and 2009. Using intensive care, intubation and length of stay in the hospital as severity indicators, researchers found children with chronic conditions and secondhand smoke exposure required more intensive care and had a longer length of stay (10.0 vs. 3.5 hays) than children not exposed.

In addition, children with SHS exposure were 4.7 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care and had a 70% longer length of stay, even when factors including demographics and the presence of Asthma and Tooth Decay asthma or chronic conditions were eliminated as factors.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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