Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Children Aged 3‒19 Years

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 9, 2013

Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Children Aged 3‒19 Years With and Without Asthma in the United States, 1999‒2010 – Number 126, August 2013

Key findings – Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999‒2010

  • “From 1999 to 2010, the percentage of children without asthma exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) decreased from 57.3% to 44.2%, while children with asthma showed no change, with 57.9% exposed to ETS in 1999‒2002 and 54.0% exposed in 2007‒2010.
  • In 2007‒2010, a higher percentage of children with asthma were exposed to ETS than children without asthma.
  • In 2007‒2010, children with asthma were more likely to be exposed to ETS than children without asthma, if they were girls, Mexican American, aged 6‒11 years, or had family income below 350% of the federal poverty guidelines.”

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