THE AMERICAN Heart Association (AHA) has released a draft of its first scientific statement on the effects of passive smoking on the health of children.
The statement, prepared by the AHA's Committee on Atherosclerosis and Hypertension in Children and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Thoracic Society, will be published in the association's journal Circulation. It was released following the Children's Heart Health Conference, held in Chicago, Ill.
Entitled "Active and Passive Tobacco Exposure: A Serious Pediatric Health Problem," the report is a major review of the medical literature that links smoking and passive smoking to a wide variety of health problems in children.
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AHA speakers stressed the importance of studies that show that active and passive smoking cause immediate physiological changes and illnesses in children—not just cancer, cardiovascular disease, emphysema, and other diseases that show up much later in life.