(JERUSALEM POST) – Second-hand smoke – when non-smokers are exposed to tobacco toxins – is dangerous not only to those in the vicinity but even to young children of people exposed to tobacco smoke.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne, published in the European Respiratory Journal shows that children are more likely to develop asthma if their father was exposed to second-hand smoke when he was a child.

The study, led by Prof. Shyamali Dharmage and conducted with Jiacheng Liu and Dr. Dinh Bui, highlights how smoking can damage not only the health of smokers and their children but also that of their grandchildren. Having begun in 1968 as one of the world’s largest and longest-running respiratory studies, it was based on data from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS).

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