New study shows danger of 2nd hand smoke - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

New study shows danger of 2nd hand smoke

UNDATED (KSLA) – It's no secret that smoking can wreak havoc on the body, but now new research shows the deadly impact that second hand smoke can have, especially for children.

The World Health Organization says second-hand smoke kills about 600,000 non-smokers each year around the globe.  Scientists analyzed data from 192 countries.

Forty percent of children and more than 30% of non-smoking adults regularly breathe in second-hand smoke.

Exposure led to deaths from heart disease, asthma and lung cancer.

Experts say there's no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.

While smoking prohibitions have reduced second hand smoke in bars and restaurants, non-smokers can even be at risk in their own homes.

Another study found children living in apartments and attached homes feel the effects of their neighbors' smoking habits.

Cotinine, a chemical byproduct of nicotine exposure, was found in the blood of 5000 children across the country, ages 6-18.  None of them lived with a smoker.

Children living in apartments had cotinine levels 45 percent higher than children living in detached houses.

Scientists hope this new information will lead to more smoking bans.

Copyright 2011 KSLA-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly