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• Children who passive smoke are twice as likely to get meningitis compared with those who have parents who don’t smoke.

To use an interactive tool that shows a cigarette stand with and without the new advertising, see here:
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteWarningLabels/ucm259862.htm

If you would like help to quit smoking, please see your health care provider.

Sources:
FDA: Cigarette Health Warnings - http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/CigaretteWarningLabels/default.htm

CDC MMWR, May 27, 2011 / 60(20);645-651 - http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6020a2.htm

Objective measurements of nicotine exposure in victims of sudden infant death syndrome and in other unexpected child deaths, J Pediatr. 1998 Aug;133(2):232-6 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9709711

Lung tissue concentrations of nicotine in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), The Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 140, Issue 2 , Pages 205-209, February 2002
http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(02)56804-9/abstract

Developing Asthma in Childhood from Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke: Insights from a Meta-Regression, Environmental Health Perspectives, October 2007 - http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.10155

The role of breastfeeding and passive smoking on the development of severe bronchiolitis in infants, Minerva Pediatr. 2007 Jun;59(3):199-206 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17519864

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Secondhand smoke increases risk of invasive meningococcal disease in children, Imperial College London, 8th December 2010 - http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_8-12-2010-9-53-35

Reviewed June 22, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton

Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/.

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