One in four children who live in urban areas suffer from Asthma, it has been recognized that avoiding cigarette smoke from the surrounding environment is better.
Now research has shown that passive smoking does directly increase the asthma symptoms.
A team from the University of Alabama studied a group of nearly three hundred young asthmatics. Of this number, only 240 stayed on the year long program, which included therapy sessions that talked about ETS and other factors that impact on Asthma.
The awareness sessions, although not actually dictating what actions the various family groups should actually take obviously did make a difference. Details of the asthma sufferers were logged by each participant including any exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and ongoing patterns of their disease.
Lynn B. Gerald, who was involved in this research explains that this is the first study of its kind and confirmed a lot of what was already assumed. Asthma is brought on by pollution, strenuous exercise and adverse reactions to certain substances.
A big reduction in hospital visits and trips to the emergency department was noted, in the children that had decreased their exposure to ETS.
Serious asthma attacks of the condition were down by almost fifty percent, these episodes are known as EPIC (episode of poor asthma control).
The latter are deemed to be school absences, uncommonly high use of an inhaler or a yellow/red reading off a flowmetre.
All this proves that by ensuring a child avoids ETS, it will mean a reduction in all of the symptoms like coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath that young asthma sufferers have to endure.