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Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke at Higher Risk of Being Readmitted to Hospital

A new study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in conjunction with Penn State, shows young patients who’ve been hospitalized stand a significantly higher risk of being readmitted within a year’s time if they are exposed to secondhand smoke.

More than 600 patients between the ages of 1 and 16 were given saliva tests to determine if they had been exposed to tobacco smoke.  Those who had were more likely to end up back in the hospital than those who had not.  For asthma patients, the risk was twice as much.

The senior author of the study, Dr. Robert Kahn, associate director of general and community pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s, says the saliva test will help identify parents who would benefit from participating in a smoking-cessation program.

Read more in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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