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"Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids' Lungs"

  • HealthDay
  • New York, NY
  • (November 19, 2018)

If you're a pot-smoking parent and you think your kids aren't affected, think again. New research found evidence of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in nearly half of children whose parents smoke the drug. "While the effects of tobacco smoke have been studied extensively, we are still learning about marijuana exposure," said Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, division chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. “What we found in this study is that secondhand marijuana smoke does get into the lungs and little bodies of young children,” she added. One-third of children whose parents stepped outside to smoke tested positive for COOH-THC, according to the report published online in Pediatrics. "Stepping outside might sound like a good idea, but the evidence we collected suggests that kids are still getting exposed through secondhand or possibly thirdhand smoke exposure," Dr. Wilson said.

— Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Vice-Chair, Clinical and Translational Research, Division Chief, General Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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