Children Exposed to Passive Smoking May be at Risk of Lifelong Cardiovascular Consequences

NEW YORK: Children exposed to passive smoking may be at risk of lifelong cardiovascular consequences in addition to respiratory and other health issues, warns an Indian origin researcher.

The high level of toxicity in the smoke that comes from the end of a burning cigarette — side stream smoke — is a major component in passive smoking that damages the children’s blood vessels, the study said.

“Children exposed to cigarette smoke may develop early heart disease as adults due to poorly functioning and stiffer blood vessels,” said pediatric cardiologist Geetha Raghuveer, from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri, US.

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