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Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home prone to illnesses

Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home prone to illnesses

Smoking and its health threat to smokers are well known. However, the harmful effects of tobacco smoke on those who have to bear the brunt of secondhand smoke (SHS) are not always discussed. Also referred to as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), SHS contains the same toxic chemicals, including nicotine, which smokers inhale. Nonsmokers exposed to SHS are engaged in involuntary smoking or passive smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 58 million American nonsmokers were exposed to SHS during 2011-2012.

Chronic diseases like cancer are to some extent attributed to SHS. According to a recent research titled “Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Health Care Utilization among Children Nationwide,” children who live with smokers are more prone to be admitted to the hospital or make frequent visits to doctors than those not exposed to secondhand smoke. For the study, the scientists made use of the data obtained from the 2011-12 National Survey on Children’s Health, carried out by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

SHS triggers rise in pediatric visits

The survey sampled children, aged 0 to 17 years, and compared the health care visits between the ones living with smokers and those with immediate contact only with nonsmokers. During the study, the scientists observed that of the 95,677 children sampled, nearly 24 percent lived with smokers, and approximately 5 percent lived with someone who smokes inside homes. The findings of the research were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting, held from April 30 to May 3.

The findings indicated that children living with smokers or with increased exposure to tobacco smoke inside their homes were more likely to seek medical care for reported sicknesses. Lead researcher of the study Dr. Ashley Merianos, a certified health education specialist and assistant professor in the School of Human Services at the University of Cincinnati, pointed that the adverse impact of tobacco smoke on children’s health has been discussed in many studies, but very few studies have established the extent to which tobacco smoke results in increased frequency of health care visits.

“Our findings indicate that tobacco smoke exposure has a significant impact on demand for health care services. Settings with a high volume of children exposed to tobacco smoke at home, including pediatric emergency departments, could serve as effective outlets for health messages to inform caregivers about the dangers of smoking around children and help decrease these potentially preventable tobacco smoke exposure-related visits and associated costs,” Merianos said.

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Addiction to nicotine affects not only the smokers concerned, but also lends a devastating impact on the health of people exposed to SHS. While an array of treatment options are available to get rid of addiction, the first step in the journey towards sobriety is detoxification. It helps in the elimination of toxins from the body that is a crucial step in the entire curative procedure that is conducted under medical supervision.

The process of detoxification is not easy as the addict may complain of withdrawal symptoms and constant uneasiness during the process. At the reputed detox treatment centers in Colorado, one gets to experience customized detoxification therapies, including evidence-based NAD/NTR therapy depending upon addiction levels and the requirement of the patients.

The Colorado Detox Helpline can assist you in availing innovative and evidence-based therapies from pioneering and reliable detox centers in Colorado that can help you get rid of the toxins in a natural way. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 730-5807 or chat online for more information.

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