Parents, here is yet another reason to put away the cigarettes – do it for your children! A new study suggests that kids of smokers are at increased risk for developing high blood pressure…as a child.
Over 4000 kids were followed for this study. The team found that after taking into account other heart disease risk factors like low birth weight and obesity, children who were exposed to second-hand smoke were 21% more likely to develop high blood pressure during childhood; and it seems that moms who smoke pose an even greater risk to their kids.
Over 46,000 Americans die each year as a result of living with a smoker.