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Second-hand smoke raises kids' blood pressure

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
New research shows that second-hand smoke increases blood pressure in young children.Researchers in Germany screened more than 4,000 preschool kids and found that children whose parents smoked had higher blood pressure.

That high blood pressure risk was independent of other risk factors, like weight or family history.

Experts say quitting benefits parents, but their kids' health may give them added motivation to have a smoke-free home.