…have some mental disorder compared to kids not exposed at all.
And children who were habitually exposed to secondhand smoke for an hour or more each day were close to three times more likely to have a mental disorder.
In addition, kids exposed less than one hour per day were twice as likely to have ADHD as kids who weren’t exposed, and children exposed for an hour or more on a daily basis were over three times more likely to have ADHD.
“The association between secondhand smoke and global mental problems was mostly due to the impact of secondhand smoke on the attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder,” the authors write.
The study looks at a single point in time and cannot prove that secondhand smoke exposure causes mental health problems, the study team cautions.
“We’re not sure if it’s causal or not,” Frank Bandiera, a researcher with the University of Texas Health, told Reuters Health. “I think (the research) is still in the early stages and the findings are inconclusive.”
But, he said, since secondhand hand smoke has been related to a lot of physical diseases, parents should avoid smoking around their kids.
“We need to sort it out more, so we’re not sure yet, but just as a precaution, I don’t think parents should smoke at home – they should keep their kids away from secondhand smoke,” Bandiera said.
While more and more research is being done about the effects of secondhand smoke the authors of the study warn to keep your children away from secondhand smoke until all facts have been released.