We work hard to take care of our family; the health of our children is important to us. But if we smoke at home we expose our children's growing lungs to future problems. A recent study of almost 2,000 Southern California fourth grade students shows that secondhand smoke affects school attendance. Researchers examined attendance records for the previous six months and found:
Ø Kids from homes where at least one adult smoked were 27% more likely to have been out sick because of chest problems compared to smoke-free homes.
Ø Children living in a home with two or more smokers were 75% more likely to have missed school.
Ø Those pupils who had asthma and lived in a home with smokers were up to 4 times more likely to be out sick.
The lead researcher concluded, "Environmental tobacco smoke exposure is associated with increased respiratory-related school absenteeism among children." Another researcher stated, "It does not surprise us at all that it affects not only children's health but their development as well."
Other studies show that adult smokers are absent 6.5 days more from work per year than non-smokers. For building trades workers, that's money out of your pocket.
For your children's health and your health quitting smoking is the right thing to do.
For help call the California Smokers' Helpline
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology 2003, 157:861-869