Secondhand Smoke at Home Increases Risk of ADHD in Kids, Study Finds

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If you're still smoking, here's yet another reason to quit: Exposing kids to secondhand smoke at home puts them at a 50 percent greater risk of developing ADHD or other behavioral disorders.

CNN reports two new American Academy of Pediatrics studies show both the effect of secondhand smoke on a child's learning behaviors and how they feel about smoking.

In one study, according to the network, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Tobacco Free Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland report 8 percent of the nearly 5 million children younger than 12 who are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes have learning disabilities or behavioral disorders.

And treating kids with these types of disorders costs the nation about $9.2 billion each year, the study finds, CNN reports.

The second, more positive study looked at kids ages 8 to 13 who lived with at least one adult who smoked, according to the network, and researchers found kids who described cigarette smoke as smelling "unpleasant" or "gross" were 78 percent less likely to start smoking than those who didn't react as strongly to the smell.

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