Secondhand smoke linked to behavioral problems


July 11, 2011 2:29:37 PM PDT
Two new studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics look at how secondhand smoke exposure impacts America's youth.

One study links exposure to secondhand smoke in the home with a 50 percent increased risk of neurobehavioral disorders in children.

It suggests that nearly 5 million children under 12 years old are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Up to eight percent of them suffer from learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other behavioral problems.

On a more positive note, the second study suggests that children 8 to 13 who don't like the smell of cigarette smoke are 78 percent less likely to start smoking later in life.