Secondhand Smoke Puts Kids at Risk for Hospitalization

New research suggests that children from smoking households are more likely to visit an urgent care center or be admitted to a hospital than kids from smoke-free homes. Lead author Dr. Ashley Merianos notes, “Despite major progress in tobacco control, about four in ten children remain exposed to tobacco smoke… This exposure places developing children at higher risk for many health problems, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia.” PLOS ONE, March 2021