A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that many kids are still exposed to secondhand smoke, despite significant drop in rates of exposure due to nationwide enforcement of smoke-free laws. Overall 40% of kids were found to breathing in secondhand smoke. However, the proportion increases among black with 70% of black children and nearly half of black non-smokers being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Children in the age group of 3 to 11 years were found to have the highest exposure. They are often exposed to smoke in their homes. The CDC report speculated that sluggish decline in children’s exposure to secondhand smoke might be attributed to slower fall in the adult smoking rate.