Cigarette smoke is the main cause of asthma attacks in children

Number of children with asthma has increased threefold over the past few decades. The impact of cigarette smoke remains the main cause of asthma attacks in children. Doctors from “Mott Children’s Hospital” (USA) found that cigarette smoke causes attacks of childhood asthma in 73 per cent of cases.

Smoking next to a child

Smoking next to a child

However, among families with children with asthma, almost half (44 percent) of parents say their child spends 74 percent of time with people who smoke. Unfortunately, as a rule, it is a parent. Experts believe that the introduction of more stringent laws to reduce levels of smoking in public places and homes and high taxes on tobacco products will help improve the health of children with asthma and to reduce the rates of asthmatic attacks.

The survey also found that in 88 percent of cases well-being of children-asthmatic is deteriorating by cold or flu, in 81 percent – due to exposure to allergens in the open air, in 77 percent – due to air pollution, in 71 percent – due to indoor allergens such as dust mites and cockroaches, in 48 percent due to contacts with pets and in 30 percent – because of the food.

Immunologists say that asthma is one of the leading chronic diseases in childhood and often serves the cause of emergency department visits, hospitalizations and missed school days. Number of children with asthma has increased threefold over the past few decades. As a whole about 18 percent of adults smoke in the U.S., and in some states, smokers are more than 25 percent of adult population.

The impact of cigarette smoke on pregnant women causes children with lower weight, infections and dead children. It was confirmed by scientists from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Saint John’s in Canada. The findings are published in international scientific journals of obstetrics and gynecology.

The scientists have been observing 11 852 non-smoking women during eight years and found the difference between those who are not exposed to smoke and passive smokers.

Of all the participants of the experiment, only 11.1 percent of women were inhaling smoke during pregnancy and 89.9 percent were not located next to the smokers.

The results showed that most problems arose precisely in passive smokers. For example, the risk of stillbirth at them was two times higher. Also, 7.4 percent of women in this group gave birth to children weighing less than in 2500 whereas those who do not inhale the smoke, this percentage was only 4.63.

In addition, the participants of the experiment, exposed to secondhand smoke, twice as likely to give birth to babies with bacterial sepsis (infectious inflammatory disease with high mortality).

These results are confirmed by an earlier study by scientists from the UK, warning that exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy leads to miscarriages and birth of children with developmental defects.

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