Secondhand Smoke Drives Pediatric Visits

Children living with and exposed to tobacco smoke endure more illnesses and visit doctors more often, according to new research presented this week at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting in Baltimore.

Nearly ¼ of the 95,677 children in the study lived with smokers—corresponding to a weighted total of 17.6 million children in the US. While earlier studies backed a link between tobacco smoke and health problems, less attention had been paid to the frequency of doctor visits.

The Quote: "Our findings indicate that tobacco smoke exposure has a significant impact on demand for health care services," said Ashley Merianos, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Human Services at the University of Cincinnati.
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