Exposing children to secondhand smoke
- 1Department of Paediatrics, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
- 2Department of Neonatal, Almazov Federal Heart, Blood and Endocrinology Centre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
- Correspondence to Jenny Pool, Department of Paediatrics, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK;
Contributors JP and RIRR developed the concept for the study, recruitment and data collection. The letter was composed by all three authors.
- Accepted 12 January 2012
- Published Online First 10 February 2012
In the October issue of Thorax, Leonardi-Bee et al reviewed the effects of parental smoking on the uptake of smoking by children.1 They conclude that exposure to smoking within the family is a significant determinant of subsequent smoking.
One area that this study did not address was the effect of the site of the smoking on exposure.
We have studied urinary cotinine levels in children attending an asthma clinic and correlated them with the self-reported smoking habits of their carers. Thirty-six girls and 64 boys aged between …