Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Poorer Children are Exposed to More Secondhand Smoke

May
2009

A recent study found in the April issue of Pediatrics finds that poorer children are exposed to more secondhand smoke than those from wealthier households. Dr. Michael Weitzman, a professor of pediatrics at New York University, states that the reason for this finding may be that poorer children are more likely to have a parent in the household that smokes. While only a third of children have one smoking parent in their household, this figure becomes much higher when considering economic class, with 49% of poor children and only 21% of wealthier children living with at least on adult smoker in the household.