School Absenteeism Among Children Living With Smokers
A study published by PEDIATRICS® found that children living with one or more adults who smoked in the home were absent from school more days per year than children living in a home without people who smoke. The study also showed that children living with two or more adults who smoked in the home also reported more ear infections and chest colds than those living in smoke-free homes. Click on the link below to see the full press release.
“WHAT THIS STUDY ADDS: In a nationally representative sample, we established that absenteeism among children aged 6 to 11 years living with smokers could be reduced 24% to 34% by eliminating smoking in their homes. Caregivers’ lost wages/time due to child absenteeism was valued at $227 million per year.”
-Douglas E. Levy, Jonathan P. Winickoff and Nancy A. Rigotti