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10 November 2010

Smoking parent: carcinogens in kids

Tobacco carcinogens were found in the urine of 90% of children who lived in a home where at least one parent smoked, a new study has found.

Tobacco carcinogens were found in the urine of 90% of children who lived in a home where at least one parent smoked, a new study has found.

She noted that levels of carcinogens found in the urine of adult nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are 1 to 5% that of smokers.

  • There was a direct correlation between the number of cigarettes smoked each day by adults in a home and the level of tobacco carcinogens in the children.
  • There was a link between children's exposure to secondhand smoke in the home and lower socioeconomic status, employment and parental education.
  • Black children had the highest levels of tobacco carcinogens in their urine, even if their parent or parents smoked comparatively less. This suggests that black children metabolise tobacco chemicals differently.

 

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