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Apartment house smoke exposure.

The Question: Are children that live in multi-unit housing at risk for secondhand smoke exposure?

The Study: The cotinine levels, an indicator of tobacco smoke inhalation, in over 5,000 children were measured. The children were categorized by housing situation: detached housing (including mobile homes), attached housing, and multi-unit housing (apartments). Any child that lived with a smoker was excluded from the study.

The Results: Nearly 75% of the children in the study were exposed to secondhand smoke. Those that live in apartment buildings had 45% higher continine levels over those that live in detached housing.

Comment: Anyone who has lived near smokers in an apartment building doesn't need a study to know this--tobacco smoke and its odor spread to adjoining units.

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Title Annotation:In the Literature
Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2011
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