US trends in exposure of young people with asthma to tobacco smoke

posted 28 Jun 2013, 21:25 by Damian Wood   [ updated 28 Jun 2013, 21:25 ]
Brian Kit and colleagues from Maryland report on US Prevalence and Trends in Tobacco Smoke Exposure Among Children and Adolescents With Asthma. Utilising nationally representative, cross-sectional data from 2250 youth aged 4 to 19 years with current asthma questioned in three National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) surveys between 1988-2010. They report that ETS exposure among youth with asthma declined between 1988–1994 and 2005–2010, but a majority remained exposed in 2005–2010, with higher exposure among low-income youth. More than 1 in 6 youth with asthma in 2005–2010 were exposed to in-home smoke and a similar portion of adolescents used TSPs.