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Research and studies show that individuals, most especially children, exposed on secondhand smoke have greater probabilities of being identified with the inattentive and hyperactive symptoms of ADHD. Other disorders may be caused because of this at the same time.

There are no exact and absolute findings that smoking tobacco produces chemicals, that when inhaled by children, can directly cause them Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Yet, research and studies prove that the smoke released by tobacco or any other cigarette can be a factor for the diagnosis of the disorder or may even worsen the present condition.

Because children are still in the stage where they grow physically, emotionally and spiritually, exposure to smoke, tobacco or cigarette chemicals can alleviate their symptoms and even cause another behavioral disorder. This situation affects children more compared to adults.

The issue with secondhand smoke seems unethical and invalid because researchers and scientists will find it difficult to expose children on the actual situation and have their observation on them. Still, it must be done in order to acquire various information that is important and will be very helpful in finding a treatment for this matter or even to avoid the effect of secondhand smoke.

Statistics and study show that out of 60, 000 children aging 12 and up, 7,200 have been found to be exposed and are exposed on secondhand smoke chain at home and in their near neighborhood.

After various studies and observations, research and studies confirmed the result that almost 8 percent of children are found to have learning disabilities, 6 percent are diagnosed to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and 4 percent are identified to have any other behavioral illnesses and the like. Also, those who use to live with smokers at home are likely to be identified with two behavioral disorders and one of which is ADHD and also considering their education and financial capability. On the other hand, children between the age of 9 and 11, especially in remote areas are more prone to have behavioral disorders because of secondhand smoke exposures.

This can be treated by behavioral counseling or responsible parenting with the help of school employees and health specialists. Proper and sufficient knowledge and information must be given to parents and patients to prevent this case. It is also best recommended that parents should ban cigarette smoking at home to avoid this kind of situations as the adage goes prevention is better than cure.


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