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Infants sleeping in smokers' room have high nicotine levels

Babies who sleep in the same room with parents who smoke have nicotine levels higher than those who sleep in another room.

March 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Babies who sleep in the same room with parents who smoke have nicotine levels three times higher than those who sleep in another room.

The nicotine is from smoke particles that get into the parents' skin, clothes and hair and that's called third hand smoke.

The information is from a new study by Spanish researchers. They analyzed hair samples from 252 babies younger than 18 months and interviewed their parents about their smoking habits.

The study is in the journal BMC Public Health.


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