Children Exposed to Nicotine With Their Hands

Young children have a tendency to touch everything and new research shows it could be posing a health risk for kids who frequent environments where people have been smoking.

A pilot study at Cincinnati Children’s is the first to find that children are exposed to significant amounts of nicotine by getting it on their hands from touching household surfaces and other items – even when no one is actively smoking in a child’s presence.

The study was led Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine, and collaborators at San Diego State University.

It was covered by a variety of news outlets, including, Kaiser Health News, the  Economic Times, WCVB in Boston, WebMD, MedPage Today, and others.

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