Most people know that second-hand smoke is dangerous, but evidence that third-hand smoke is dangerous too is growing.
‘……….A new study found that children with parents who smoked were twice as likely to develop heart disease
A new study published this week in the journal Circulation has found that children who had a parent who smoked cigarettes– even when the children weren’t in the room –were almost twice as likely to develop heart disease as an adult as children with nonsmoking parents.
Researchers tracked more than 1,500 Finnish children over 20 years. First collecting data between 1980 and 1983, measuring the level of cotinine in their blood. Cotinine is left behind in the blood after nicotine exposure. The researchers then followed up again in 2001 and 2007 to measure the level of carotid plaque in the now grown adults. Those children who had measured with higher levels of cotinine also had higher levels of carotid plaque, as an adult. A build-up of the plaque can lead to heart disease.
“This paper adds to the evidence base that exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood increases risk of heart disease,” said Stanton Glantz of the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.
According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, more children are exposed to secondhand smoke than are nonsmoking adults, with most of the exposure occurring at home. About 22 percent of all children under the age of 18 are exposed to smoke in the home.
In a statement, lead author Costan Magnussen of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research said that parents “may be able to reduce some of the potential long-term risk for their children by actively reducing their children’s exposure to secondhand smoke.”
An obesity ‘tsar’ should be appointed at every NHS trust to tackle a crisis affecting millions, leading doctors say. Is this feasible, can the NHS afford for each trust to appoint an Obesity Tsar, when apparently there is already a NHS funding crisis. Wards closing, fewer nurses and complaints rising, perhaps an additional member of staff for each Trust is pushing it.
But what can be done, lets have a look. Over the years some other activities have been cause for concern and they were or are being dealt with.
Cigarettes are bad for your health, so they are heavily taxed, advertising is virtually banned, plain wrapped cartons with explicit health warnings. Alcohol is bad for health, still heavily taxed and threat of minimum prices and buying offers to be banned to try to restrict binge drinking.
Now it is obesity, lets look at some causes, lack of exercise, bad diets and drinking. What more can be done about drinking, with the exception of banning it completely. Oh, just a minute, tried in the USA 1920-1933. Exercise, favourable taxes could be applied for Gym membership, but this would favour some of the rich (Labour and Lib Dems object) and no money available due to current financial circumstances of the country.
I know, what about banning or heavily taxing fast food, precedent set , see cigarettes and to some extent drinking. This is unlikely to affect the rich, therefore Tories may be in favour. But just a minute, what about the not so rich, Oh go ahead, does anyone care.
But obesity is a problem, but is mainly of ones own making, the only way for obesity to be tackled is for everyone who has an obesity problem, to want to over come it. But in the first instance, it may be convincing some people that they have an obesity problem. Possibly a second is the thought that they have a right to be obese, if they so wish. Obesity will be a major problem for some time, possibly for ever, do you have the answer?
So The Royal College of Physicians needs to alter their thinking, an ‘Obesity Tzar’ is not required, just reduce sugar content.
But if sugar content is reduced, how will the food taste, we have all grown accustomed to the sweetish taste in our foods.
Lets face it, ingest too much of anything and it is in some way not good for you.
There are now so many answers to so few questions, so how do we know what to do?