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Passive Smoking in Childhood Linked to Increased Risk of COPD

Passive Smoking in Childhood Linked to Increased Risk of COPD

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, passive smoking in childhood and adolescence may be a major risk factor in the development of COPD in old age.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in an obstructive respiratory ailment which is responsible for nearly 556,000 deaths in India every year. It has traditionally been linked to prolonged history of active smoking, leading to a rapid decline in lung function.

However the results of this new research are worrying since they put not only the smoker himself but also the people around him at risk.

According the article, exposure to smoke in childhood and adolescence hampers development of lung function, which is a major determinant of old age COPD.

“Every effort should be undertaken to achieve normal growth of lung function including non-smoking during teenage years, treatment of asthma in childhood and reducing exposure to agents such as passive smoking,” said Peter Lange, professor at the department of public health, University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

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  1. Gosh, how frightening. Children have no voice when they're so small and to think they could be unwittingly put in danger is very scary. Since many public places have banned smoking, I wonder if this has caused any increase in people smoking at home or in their car. Hopefully, articles like this will help bring this issue to light. In my London stop smoking hypnotherapy practice, I've found that the most effective treatments occur with those who have the desperate desire to be a non-smoker. What greater reason could there be than to protect your children from a disease that you could otherwise cause them?

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