By Medical News Today
Children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home appear to be at 50% higher risk of neurobehavioural disorders such as ADHD/ADD and learning disabilities compared to unexposed children according to an analysis led by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) that was published in the journal Pediatrics this week. The analysts suggest if such a link were found to be causal, then secondhand smoke in the home is responsible for over quarter of a million children across the US developing ADHD and other neurobehavioural disorders.
For their research, Hillel Alpert, a research scientist for the Tobacco Control Research and Training Program at the HSPH in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues, examined data from the 2007 National Survey on Children’s Health. The telephone survey took place between April 2007 and July 2008.