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January 20, 2014

Research Shows Saliva Reveals Asthmatic Kids' Smoke Exposure


James Kreindler, MD
James Kreindler, MD
For children with asthma, being exposed to cigarette smoke can lead to repeat hospital visits. A new study found that saliva tests are an effective way to detect whether a child has been exposed to smoke. In a recent Reuters article, CHOP’s Dr. James Kreindler commented on the implications of this new research and considerations regarding implementing saliva testing in a hospital.

“The take-home message should always be that exposure to secondhand smoke for both adults and children is a significant health risk factor — particularly for children with asthma and respiratory disorders," Kreindler said. "They should not be exposed to secondhand smoke under any circumstance."

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