A recent article “Secondhand Smoke Tied to ADHD and Learning Disabilities in Children” on the Medical News Today website reports the findings from a study by Zubair Kabir, Gregory N. Connolly, and Hillel R. Alpert that found a connection between children growing up with a smoker in their homes and the incidence of ADHD and Learning Disabilities.  According to the article, “children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home appear to be at 50% higher risk of neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD/ADD and learning disabilities compared to unexposed children.”

  • The analysis also noted several other findings:
  • The risk is higher for boys than for girls.
  • Poor children between 9 and 11 years of age are at the most risk.

If children were not exposed to secondhand smoke, it could prevent 274,000 children from developing these disorders.

Taken from United States Department of Health and Human Services

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