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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exposing Your Kids to Secondhand Smoke Can Increase Their Chances for Mental Disorders By 50 Percent!

There are all kinds of reasons why people should not smoke, including the devastating effect it has on the smoker's health and the health of others around them, including their children. Well, here is another reason not to expose your child to cigarette smoke. Recent research shows they have a 50 percent greater chance of developing mental disorders.

The effect of secondhand smoke on mental health

The research, published recently in Tobacco Control, involved 2,357 children between the ages of 4 - 12. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, children who were exposed to secondhand smoke less than one hour a day increased their risk of developing mental disorders by 50 percent.

What the mental disorders included

One of those mental disorders is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), which is difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity or over-activity. Once a child has this disorder, it can continue through adolescence and adulthood. This is a particular problem for children as it affects their ability to learn and can have negative results that will last them through adulthood.

So, if you smoke, QUIT! Do it for your children!!

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