A new study examines how secondhand smoke might impact children and adolescent cardiovascular health.
The study was co-authored by University of Minnesota School of Public Health associate professor Dr. Kyle Rudser and published in Pediatric Research. The researchers studied the carotid artery in the neck, brachial artery in the upper arm and abdominal aorta right above the belly button in 298 people. All were between the ages of 8 and 18 and were nonsmokers. Some study participants reported being exposed to secondhand smoke, while others did not.
Researchers used ultrasound imaging to examine the arteries for plaque buildup. The study:
The study team suggests that future research be conducted to determine the effect that vaping and e-cigarettes might have on cardiovascular disease risks in children and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1-in-10 middle school students and 1-in-4 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.