Updated on January 17, 2016
Smoking gives your kids heart disease
It’s not the chic thing to do any more. It’s more about being insensitive parents. If you smoke in front of your kids, the passive smoking can affect them way into adulthood and give them clogged arteries, as per a new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
Researchers tracked childhood exposure to parental smoking from 1980 and 1983. They collected carotid ultrasound data in adulthood in 2001 and 2007. In 2014, they measured participant’s childhood blood cotinine levels from samples collected and frozen in 1980. Cotinine is a biomarker of passive smoke exposure. The results? The risk of developing carotid plaque in adulthood was almost two times (1.7) higher in children exposed to one or two parental smokers compared to children of parents who did not smoke. So before lighting up in the house (even if your child is not around because the smoke hangs in), just remember: you’re gifting your child a disease-filled future.
So, just stop lighting up if you care for your kids. It’s uncool, people.