Secondhand smoke ups asthma, rhinitis, eczema risks through adolescence

Posted: 8/25/2014

From Clinical Advisor:

The development of allergic diseases such as asthma, rhinitis, and eczema are linked to in utero or early childhood exposure to secondhand smoke according to a study published in Pediatrics.

"Many children are exposed to tobacco smoke both in utero and postnatally," explained Jesse D. Thacher, MPH, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues. "[U]p to 60% of mothers who quit smoking during pregnancy return to smoking within the first six months postpartum, and 80%-90% relapse less than 12 months after delivery." Read more.