Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kids

Fathers-to-be who smoke may increase the risk of congenital heart defects in their offspring, according to a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kidsFor mothers-to-be, both smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke were detrimental. “Fathers-to-be should quit smoking,” said study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China. “Fathers are a large source of second-hand smoke for pregnant women, which appears to be even more harmful to unborn children than women […]

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-ups

Are you a chain smoker? Besides harming your own life, you may also be exposing your kids to second-hand smoke, which can increase their risk of death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood, researchers have warned

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-upsAdults with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to second-hand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of premature death from COPD and several other conditions. “Overall, our findings provide further […]

Exposure to second-hand smoke linked to kidney disease

People exposed to second-hand smoke even a few days a week had more than 50 per cent increased risk of developing kidney disease

Exposure to second-hand smoke linked to kidney diseaseExposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk for chronic kidney disease, a new study has found. Korean researchers studied 131,196 non-smokers, dividing them into three groups: those who had more than three days a week of exposure to second-hand smoke; those who had less than three days a week; and those with no exposure at […]

Dangers of third-hand smoke that you need to be aware about

 You know that smoking and second-hand smoke (smoke from a burning cigarette and exhaled by a smoker) is unhealthy. But another danger may surprise you, third-hand smoke, which is residue that lingers long after you empty the ash trays

Dangers of third-hand smoke that you need to be aware aboutResearchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati have found more evidence of the potentially harmful effects of exposure to the residue and particles left behind by tobacco smoke. In ‘Nicotine on Children’s Hands: Limited Protection of Smoking Bans and Initial Clinical Findings,’ published Jan. 16 in Tobacco Use Insights, Cincinnati […]

New study finds strong link between second-hand smoke and sudden cardiac death

Continuous indoor exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke triggers changes in the heart’s electrical activity, known as cardiac alternans, which can predict cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death, a new study from UC Davis Health researchers shows

New study finds strong link between second-hand smoke and sudden cardiac deathThe authors believe the study, conducted in mice, suggests that second-hand smoke exposure alters cells that regulate how the heart beats. Their work also expands overall knowledge of the effects of tobacco smoke on cardiac function in non-smokers, something that receives more limited attention in research. “As tobacco use continues to decrease, research on its […]

Burning wood indoors to cook increase COPD risks for rural dwellers

Many people still cook using solid fuels (such as wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung) and kerosene in open fires and inefficient stoves. This leads to hazardous health consequences for their lungs. And also cause serious respiratory conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Burning wood indoors to cook increase COPD risks for rural dwellersThese cooking practices are inefficient, and use fuels and technologies that produce high levels of household air pollution with a range of health-damaging pollutants, including small soot particles that penetrate deep into the lungs. The World Health Organisation in 2004 labelled household pollution, “The Killer in the Kitchen.” Women and children nearest the hearth paid […]

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in children

Children who were exposed to smoke in the womb and as babies are more than twice as likely to be deaf, new research suggests. Three-year-olds exposed within the first four months of life are 30% more at risk

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in childrenChildren are 26% more at risk if their mothers smoked during their pregnancies Nicotine interferes with messengers that tell the brain what it is hearing Three-year-olds whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies and who were exposed to cigarettes during the first four months of their lives, are 2.4 times more likely to suffer hearing impairment, […]

Babies and toddlers at greater risk from second-hand smoke than previously thought

Infants and toddlers in low-income communities may be even more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke exposure than has been believed, according to new federally supported research

Babies and toddlers at greater risk from second-hand smoke than previously thoughtIn testing that included more than 1,200 children, researchers found that up to 15% of them had levels of cotinine, a by-product of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable with what would be found in an adult smoker. Overall, about 63% of the babies and young children in the study had discernible levels of cotinine, […]

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of arthritis later in life

Exposure to second-hand smoke during childhood was associated with an increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) later in life, researchers said. The study followed 98,995 French female volunteers from 1990 to present day. It found that those who smoked - and incurred passive smoking - were more prone. Arthritis also began earlier in smokers exposed to childhood passive smoking

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of arthritis later in lifeA new study in the journal Rheumatology indicates that being exposed to second-hand smoke in childhood could increase the risk of someone developing arthritis as an adult. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disease that may be developed by environmental agents interacting with genetic factors. The role of genetics into arthritis susceptibility is well recognised. There […]

Exposure to second-hand smoke tied to stillbirths in developing countries

In developing countries it is uncommon for women to smoke while pregnant - but their exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy is a lot higher, according to a recent study by the Demographic and Health Survey which was carried out in 30 developing countries and published in Tobacco Control

Exposure to second-hand smoke tied to stillbirths in developing countriesPregnancy is a vulnerable time for a woman’s health and tobacco smoke harms mothers and their unborn children. Exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirth, congenital malformations and low birth-weight. Governments have introduced smoke-free’ laws in response to these dangers, such as smoking bans in public places. In many western countries, […]