Thursday, October 20, 2011

Smokers' Children Miss More School Days

Missing out on what happens at school is just one more price that children who live with smokers have to pay. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the October Pediatrics, a group of Boston-based researchers have concluded that tobacco smoke exposure has significant consequences for children and families above and beyond child morbidity, including academic disadvantage and financial burden. Absenteeism among children aged 6 to 11 years living with smokers could be reduced 24 to 34 percent by eliminating smoking in their homes. Caregivers’ lost wages and time due to child absenteeism was valued at $227 million a year.

Another good reason to quit smoking? Nicotine dependence has emerged as a risk factor for suicide attempts. Read about it in Psychiatric News. Also see Nicotine in Psychiatry: Psychopathology and Emerging Therapeutics from American Psychiatric Publishing.

(Image: Elena Kouptsova-Vasic/


The content of Psychiatric News does not necessarily reflect the views of APA or the editors. Unless so stated, neither Psychiatric News nor APA guarantees, warrants, or endorses information or advertising in this newspaper. Clinical opinions are not peer reviewed and thus should be independently verified.