Growing Up in Smoke

Kids who live with smokers are more likely to grow up and die of lung disease, according to the first study linking childhood second hand smoke to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease later in life.

Published today, the American Cancer Society study followed 70,000 adults non-smoking adults for 22 years, and found that those who grew up with a smoker were 31% more likely to die of COPD.

The findings shed light on the long-lasting toll of secondhand smoke, and add to the knowledge that secondhand smoke causes asthma and lung problems, says lead author Ryan Diver.

The Washington Post

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