Here is yet another good reason to quit smoking – passive smoke doubles the risk of ADHD and stuttering in children.
This was revealed by a US-based study that shows that children with exposure to tobacco smoke had roughly double the incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and stuttering.
According to Wendy Max, a professor of health economics at the University of California, San Francisco, the results showed how passive smoking could affect a child’s overall health as well as learning and social development.
Max was quoted as saying, “These physical and mental problems act as a disadvantage for cognitive and social development in the children.”
The research involved children aged four to 15 years from both smoking and non-smoking families and results showed that children exposed to passive smoking were found to have double the rate of ADHD (10.6% compared to 4.6%), almost double the rate of stuttering (6.3%compared to 3.5%), and an increased rate of headaches (14.2 %compared to 10.0%).
Childhood tobacco exposure were also found to result in an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, increased rate of respiratory and lung disorders, higher risk of developing asthma with more severe attacks, more cases of ear infection, and a higher lifetime risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The research was presented at the Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health in Sydney.