What has been proven about second-hand smoke in children of smokers?

Answer:

… conclusions were strengthened and reaffirmed in the Environmental Protection
Agency 1993 report, which stated, “the cumulative evidence is conclusive that parental
smoking, especially the mother’s, causes an increased incidence of respiratory illness from
birth up to the first 18 months to 3 years of life, particularly bronchitis, bronchiolitis, and
pneumonia.”

There is also strong evidence for concluding that passive smoking causes increased incidence
of otitis media, the most common reason of hospitalization of children for an operation. The
EPA report concluded that parental smoking influences the severity of asthma in children, and
suggested that mothers who smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day may increase the risk of
developing new cases of asthma in their children who have not previously exhibited
symptoms.

Source: SEEK Board Review

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