Monday, July 11, 2011


BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN - It’s commonly known that secondhand smoke exposure is a likely cause of asthma, ear problems, sudden infant death syndrome and other breathing issues in children; however, emerging evidence is finding there may be a correlation between secondhand smoke exposure and a less physical issue: behavior.  According to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics, children growing up in a home with parents who smoke are more likely to develop behavioral problems,such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as opposed to children raised in a smoke-free environment.  Through their study, which was published July 11th, researchers examined a 2007 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention telephone survey of families which included 55,358 children under the age of twelve, 6 percent of which were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

The telephone survey queried parents whether a doctor or teacher had noticed ADHD or any other behavioral issue in the child, whether or not the child had received counseling and if anyone smoked in the home.  It was determined that approximately 8 percent of the children had learning disabilities, 6 percent had ADHD and about 4 percent had behavioral issues. Even after factors such as the parent’s educational and economic status were taken into account, it was still apparent that children who lived in homes with smokers were more likely to suffer from at least two behavioral-related conditions.

A new research shows secondhand smoke can contribute to ADHD and other learning disabilities in children.  Researchers estimate five million children under 12 are exposed to secondhand smoking in the home.  Secondhand smoke also increases the risk of respiratory problems and ear ailments.  This problem affects all the society.  Health and economic burdens might be reduced significantly if voluntary smoke-free home policies are rigorously introduced.  Try to quit smoking today!  Ask God for help and you will be able to do so.  

My friend, to smoke is a big trap and you have become a victim of it, and you will need lots of endeavor to get rid of if.  Perhaps you tried already several times and even promised, nevertheless you feel dejected, weak and ashamed; and at the same time you play as if you would be the strong one, the brave one, the rebellious one, the American cowboy that finally shows the boast braveness of killing himself with that stupid bad habit.  Wake up! Your body does not belong to you. It is the property of God and Mother Nature. It is very useful and you can do many things to help others, so don’t be discouraged. You have a mission in this very life. We want you to be healthy with nice character. We don’t want you to be ashamed, hidden in the smoker’s corner, afflicted with own miseries. ... My friend you have to overcome yourself. Lift up your head! You will win like many others who already overcame their weakness.

Śrīla Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Mahārāja :
Vedic Wisdom: “Cigarette addiction”

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