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Friday, July 22, 2011

HEALTH & CHILDREN: Exposure to cigarettes increases bronchiolitis risk in babies!

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ANI / The Hindu / WASHINGTON, July 21, 2011.

Here’s another reason for parents to smoke outside or kick the butt. A new study has found that babies exposed to household smoke are more likely to be affected by bronchiolitis than infants who came from non—smoking households, regardless of their socio—economic status.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool also found that those children are twice as likely to need oxygen therapy and five times as likely to need mechanical ventilation as babies whose parents do not smoke.
Tobacco smoke is the most common and important indoor environmental pollutant to which young children are exposed. The relationship between household tobacco smoke and risk of developing bronchiolitis in infants is well recognized, as is the relationship between deprivation and smoking. However, to date, it has been difficult to describe the independent contributions of tobacco smoke exposure and deprivation (socioeconomic status) upon severity of bronchiolitis.

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