We have heard for years now that second hand smoke can be physically deadly. Now in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has published research looking at the links between second hand smoke and mental health disorders in children and adolescents. The study included nearly 3,000 kids between the ages of 8-15. Researchers looked at the levels of cotinine and screened for mental health disorders. The research showed that increased levels of cotinine was associated with symptoms of depression, ADHD, anxiety and conduct disorders. The conclusions of this study are limited due to the inability of researchers to control psychiatric history of their participants, but it does add to the mounting case regarding how second hand smoke negatively effects children’s health.
Second Hand Smoke can Lead to Mental Health Concerns