Jan 29, 2010 11:22 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Smokers hurting children with asthma

Children with asthma can't breathe well when they're exposed to secondhand smoke, disrupting their sleep.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital examined 200 asthmatic children who lived with smokers. Secondhand smoke was associated with difficulty falling asleep, trouble breathing during sleep and increased daytime sleepiness.

According to the medical center, "Sleep efficiency has been shown to improve with effective asthma treatment, but study authors feel that the reduction or elimination of secondhand smoke can have significant impact on physical and emotional health and school performance among the pediatric population."

Results of the study are published in Pediatrics, Feb. 2010 edition.


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