Nicotine Dependence in Kids Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke..

September 29, 2008 - Scientists have a new warning for parents who smoke, as new research suggests exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS, passive, involuntary, side stream) may lead to symptoms of nicotine dependence in kids who have never before had a cigarette. A joint study among eight Canadian institutions found that five percent of kids who are exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes or in cars exhibit symptoms of nicotine dependence. The symptoms included cravings, feeling tempted to smoke when in the presence of others who smoke and having the feeling of being addicted to nicotine.

Paper: Matthieu Belanger et al., Nicotine dependence symptoms among young never-smokers exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, Addictive Behavior, 9/2008. ABSTRACT

It was concluded SHS exposure in motor vehicles may be associated with nicotine dependence symptoms among young never-smokers. If replicated, this finding provides support for interventions that promote non-smoking in motor vehicles. Some facts on second-hand smoke's (SHS)effect on children.

Banning smoking when children are in the car is a no-brainer - even Philip Morris agrees. David Sutton, a spokesman for Philip Morris USA said the company believes the public "should be guided by the conclusions of public health officials regarding the health effects of secondhand smoke" and "particular care should be exercised where children are concerned." The majority of Canadians (82 per cent) say they support a ban on smoking in vehicles with children younger than 18 years of age, according to a national poll released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Reference: Second-hand smoke may cause dependence in kids, News Staff, 9/29/2008.

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