Secondhand smoke raises risk of infection for children

05/29/2008 | Yahoo!

Research that included more than 7,000 children found that exposure to secondhand smoke increased the risk of infections, including meningococcal disease. The authors suggest secondhand smoke could affect the immune system, leaving children more susceptible to infection. The study shows exposure within about 10 feet raised the risk of hospitalization for infectious diseases by 14%.

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