Early secondhand smoke exposure harms girls more than boys

03/26/2012 | Toronto Sun

The lung function of girls who were exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke was six times worse than boys with equal smoke exposure, according to a study in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Researchers noted that children who had allergies during early childhood and were exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke had a higher risk for reduced lung function at age 7 compared with those without allergies.

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