A review published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that children with asthma who live with smokers have 85% greater odds of hospitalization than asthmatic children who are not exposed to second-hand smoke. Children with asthma also have 66% higher odds of needing emergency care, are 32% more likely to experience wheezing symptoms and are more than 3 times likely to have poor lung function due to second-hand smoke. Findings were based on data from 25 studies involving over 430,000 children with asthma.
Our pediatricians strongly recommend that all children not be exposed to second-hand smoke. We discuss asthma exacerbation prevention at every asthma check-up every 3 months.