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Kids’ Vital Cough Reflex Is Impaired By Secondhand Smoke

According to a study by the Monell Center, sensitivity to cough-eliciting reparatory irritants becomes decreased in healthy kids and adolescents when they are exposed to secondhand smoke. This finding might help explain why kids of smokers have a higher risk of bronchitis, pneumonia and other diseases, as well as why they pick up the habit during adolescent years. Julie Mennella, Ph.D...

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