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It's been 50 years since the first Surgeon Generals warning about the dangers of cigarette smoking. Now, research links diseases to kids of smokers. With more here's Dr. Timothy Johnson.
A wake up call for parents who smoke stepping outside to light up, or holding that cigarette out the car window - may not be enough to keep your kids safe from secondhand smoke. Turns out, many smoking parents may not be aware their kids are being exposed. Researchers at Cincinnati children's looked at hospital readmission rates for kids with asthma asking parents if their children were exposed to secondhand smoke. Instead of taking their parents' word for it, they tested the blood and Saliva of kids for evidence of smoke exposure. many of the parents, it turned out, were flat wrong, and children with chemical evidence of secondhand smoke exposure were more likely to be readmitted. It's another reminder that smokers' children don't need to smoke to be damaged. and it's another reason for adults to quit for everyone's sake, with this medical minute, i'm Dr. Timothy Johnson.