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We certainly suspect an association exists between second-hand smoke exposure and allergic disease, but has it ever been confirmed in peer-reviewed scientific literature? Not as well as Thacher et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-0427) have done in an early release article we are sharing this week.
Their study involved more than 4,000 children followed for 16 years prospectively, while information was gathered on parental smoking habits, and symptoms of asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis.
The results are fascinating and itching for your perusal. For example, second-hand smoke exposure in infancy seems to result in increased risk for asthma and allergic rhinitis, while exposure later in life seems to increase the risk of eczema.
These findings just scratch the surface of what awaits your own review of this study—so read on and learn more!