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Passive smoking induces allergies in kids

passivesmokingkids.jpgSome more proof that passive smoking is not good for your kids!

In a study conducted in Stockholm, Sweden, over 4000 children were studied, followed-up and checked for allergic symptoms starting at age 2 months, then at age 1 year, 2 years, and 4 years old.

The results?

Children exposed to cigarette smoke early in life are more likely to develop allergies to food and airborne particles such as animal hair (cat & horse) and molds. However, no relationship to seasonal outdoor allergens such as pollens was found.

In addition, age at exposure and who`s smoking in the family seem to make a difference. The earlier the child is exposed, the higher is the risk that he/she develops allergies. Two smoking parents in the family produce the highest risk, followed by a smoking mother only, and then a smoking father only.

The study was started in 1998 and funded by the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation, Stockholm County Council, the Gillbergska Foundation and the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation, the Swedish Foundation for Health Care Sciences and Allergy Research, and the Swedish Research Council.

Sources:

Lanner? E, Wickerman M, van Hage M, et al. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and sensitisation in children. Thorax. Published Online First: 18 December 2007. doi:10.1136/thx.2007.079053


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