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Passive smoking affects behavior and learning of children

Passive smoking affects behavior and learning of children

A study published in the journal Pediatrics has shown that children who smoke passively in their homes are more likely to develop behavioral and learning problems than those who are smoke-free. The analysis was funded by the Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute, . The survey utilized data from more than 55,000 children up to 12 years old who were part of the National Child Health Survey of 2007. Of this total, about 6% were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. Parents who had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who were receiving treatment for this problem were identified by talking to their parents. Information on less acute problems of behavior and school development was also collected.

The results showed that children who smoked passively in the home were 50% more likely to develop behavioral and learning problems. In addition, most of them had more than one problem linked to these two strands.

According to the researchers, it has also been proven that passively smoking increases the chances of having respiratory and ear problems. Even so, many parents are still unaware of the benefits they can bring to their family by smoking just outside their home.

Cigarette and Childhood

The effects of exercise for health are not just about improving of conditioning: children who grow up practicing sports tend to reject smoking, while peers who have never done physical activity are more susceptible to addiction. Healthy behavior, however, is diluted by the influence of the films watched by children.

The conclusion appears in a study of the United States' scientific journal

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine . In the July issue, the publication reports the behavior of two thousand children between 9 and 14 years old who were followed up for seven years. The researchers noted that sports practice makes a difference, but can not have superior influence to the examples of movie theater. To deal with the menace of the media, which is difficult to control, doctors instruct parents to monitor their children's habits, warn of the dangers of addiction, and, if possible, veto the films and sitcoms in which the main characters are smokers. In addition, of course, to encourage constant practice of exercises from an early age, a proven practice in combating smoking.

From the monitoring of images assisted by children during the seven years of study, it was concluded that participants more exposed to scenes in which the cigarette appeared had a 63% higher propensity to develop addiction to nicotine and tobacco.

But sports interfered with this number: of the sedentary children exposed to a few cigarette scenes, 23% became young smokers. Among those who used to sports since childhood, only 3.5% joined adult addiction.


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