Study: Secondhand Smoke Effects Last Through Adulthood

Study: Secondhand Smoke Effects Last Through Adulthood
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POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 3:13pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 3:14pm

We've all known that secondhand smoke is dangerous, but now, a study shows that children exposed to it, face health problems that may last into adulthood.

Previous research has shown a link between living with parents who smoke and respiratory illnesses in childhood. Now, University of Arizona researchers found these health problems often persist into adulthood-- even if these people never pick up a nicotine habit.

Although parental smoking did impact asthma and wheezing in adulthood-- there was a stronger association with chronic cough.

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