"Secondhand Smoke May Set Kids Up for Hypertension" - Elizabeth Hlavinka
Children were more likely to have increased blood pressure, and a higher risk for hypertension, if they were exposed to tobacco-specific metabolites found in secondhand smoke, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported. "It's important to remember that secondhand smoke does not just affect the respiratory system; it can affect the cardiovascular system, and hypertension and increased blood pressure are just early warning signs of that,” said Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, division chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. "Certainly, the effects of tobacco smoke exposure can last through adulthood."
— Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, Vice-Chair, Clinical and Translational Research, Professor, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division Chief, General Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital