A whopping 53 percent of kids with asthma are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics. And that exposure is causing additional health problems for these kids. Specifically, researchers found that exposure to secondhand smoke was linked to more doctor's visits, sleep disturbances and exercise limitations.
"Although this advice is certainly not new, discussing avoidance of environmental tobacco smoke with asthma patients remains critical," Dr. Lara Akinbami, medical officer at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. "New tools are needed to help families achieve the goal of reducing exposure, both inside the home and in other environments."
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