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August 30, 2005

Childhood Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke has Long-Lasting Effects: Fruit Fiber May Help

Topics: Health Issues

A new study finds early life exposure to second-hand smoke can produce life-long respiratory problems. The study of 35,000 adult non-smokers in Singapore found that those who lived with a smoker during childhood had more respiratory problems, including chronic cough. Study participants who reported eating more fruit and soy fiber as adults seemed to be protected against some of the negative health effects often associated with early tobacco exposure.

Study participants who ate more than 7.5 grams of fiber each day had fewer health effects associated with ETS. This is equivalent to eating about two apples a day. Dr. London pointed out that the average weight of the Singapore study participants was 127 lbs. She also added that most Singaporeans get their fiber from fruits, vegetables and soy.

"Fiber may have beneficial effects on the lung," said Dr. London. "It seems to have the ability to reduce blood glucose concentrations, reduce inflammation, and enhance antioxidant processes. All of these may help to protect the lung against environmental insults, such as ETS in childhood. However, the possible benefits of fiber should not lessen the importance of reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke."


Posted by Richard at August 30, 2005 12:38 PM

Baloney! Baloney! and more Baloney!!! My husband and I and our siblings (12 people combined) each grew up in a household (from birth)with a parent who was a heavy smoker. Our mothers smoked during pregnancies. By heavy, I mean 1-3 packs a day. Many times we endured hours at a time on long trips in a closed car as a parent or other passenger smoked unfiltered Camels or Lucky Strikes. I was facinated as a child that my father's fingers where he held his cigarette were stained yellow. We now range in age from 68-43. Not one, I repeat, not one, has ANY respiratory problems. I agree that smoking is dangerous health risk for smokers and smells bad to non-smokers. We are not smokers ourselves, but we do question the validity of the study you posted.

Posted by: Kathy at August 31, 2005 3:44 PM

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