Children, whose parents smoke, are absent from school more often than kids with non-smoking parents. The new study from Massachusetts General Hospital studied survey responses filled out by thirty-one hundred families in 2005. They found children, who lived with smokers missed, on average, one extra day of school. They were also more likely to have chest colds and ear infections, which are illnesses related to secondhand smoke exposure. Children in households with two smokers had the highest rates of illness. Researchers say this study doesn't prove secondhand smoke exposure causes illness in kids, but researchers say the evidence is strong enough to give parents another reason to kick the habit.
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