According to the results of a study conducted by researchers from Temple University in the United Kingdom, not only is cigarette smoke detrimental to the health of smokers’ children, it also affects their academic performances.
The researchers analysed the data gathered from thousands of British teenagers and their mothers. After taking into consideration other factors that could have had an impact on school performance, such as socioeconomic status, gender and whether or not the teenagers were smokers themselves, researchers noted that 16 and 18-year-old adolescents who came from a family of smokers had 30% less chances of passing standardized tests, than those who came from smoke-free families.
These newly published observations actually support the theory that second-hand smoke not only harms health, it also affects children’s academic performances.
According to the British researchers, it is extremely important to reduce children’s exposure to second-hand smoke. Evidently, the ideal scenario would be for parents to stop smoking immediately. However, any measure to reduce children’s exposure to cigarette smoke is a positive one, even if a parent does not quit smoking right away.
Because this study only analysed the data gathered from questionnaires, it was unable to offer an explanation as to why children who are exposed to second-hand smoke do not perform as well in school. However, it has long been known that exposure to cigarette smoke before birth increases the risk of cognitive and academic problems, learning disabilities and impulsivity in children.
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