Exposure to tobacco smoke and children's behaviour

A study to be published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics examined the possible impact of exposure to secondhand smoke on children’s behaviour. Although most studies of this kind rely on parents’ reports of smoke exposure, researchers in this case measured it using tests that detect cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, in the bloodstream. Children were recruited from an asthma intervention trial.

Although girls were exposed to more smoke than boys were, only boys showed a significant increase in behaviour problems. These difficulties included externalizing behaviours (e.g., hyperactivity, aggression) and internalizing problems (e.g., depression). Behaviours were more severe with increasing smoke exposure.

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2 Responses to Exposure to tobacco smoke and children's behaviour
  1. brianmacdonald
    December 5, 2008 | 10:17 am

    Although it makes sense to me that exposure to nicotine would have an impact on the behaviour of kids, it occurred to me after thinking about this for a while that the relationship might go in the other direction. It’s possible that parents who are smokers might smoke more to cope with their children’s misbehaviour. I’m looking forward to seeing more research on this subject.

    December 6, 2008 | 1:02 pm

    Secondhand smoke, also know as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers. It is involuntarily inhaled by nonsmokers, lingers in the air hours after cigarettes have been extinguished and can cause or exacerbate a wide range of adverse health effects in children, including SIDS (Sudden Death Infant Syndrome), cancer, respiratory infections, ear infection and asthma.
    Children’s exposure to secondhand smoke in Indonesia may be 43 Million.Around one-third of smokers Рmillion people continue to smoke near children.Smoking by parents is the principal determinant of children’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
    Please navigate to http://savechildfromsmokers.blogspot.com , and join this group : SAVE CHILD FROM SMOKE (Facebook Group) : working together make a smoke-free homes and smoke-free zones for all children. Dr Widodo Judarwanto, Jakarta Indonesia