Less Secondhand Smoke for Kids

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 5:43 AM EDT

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September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 5:43 AM EDT

Cleveland Clinic (WKBW) – There is good news about the effects of secondhand smoke on children. A new study shows a drop in the number of kids without asthma being exposed.

Experts looked at kids with and without asthma who were exposed to second hand smoke between 1999 and 2010. They found that the number of kids without asthma who were exposed to secondhand smoke dropped 13 percent. They say they did not see much change in exposure for kids with asthma.

“In kids that don't have asthma the rates of secondhand smoke exposure are going down but in kids with asthma the rates of secondhand smoke exposure have stayed the same there has been no change. Even if you smoke outside you still bring in particles and chemicals on your clothing and it can effect your children,” Cleveland Clinic Dr. Robert Bales said.

Researchers said the number of kids with asthma where were exposed to second hand smoke increased slightly from 2007 to 2010. Experts said smokers must understand that they are not just affecting their own health but the health of those around them, especially children. Besides asthma, second hand smoke can caused a lot of long-term damage in kids.

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