Another day, another smoking study. According to researcher Douglas Levy of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy: “Among children aged 6 to 11 who live with smokers 1/4 to 1/3 of school absences are due to household smoking”. This one makes a lot of sense, assuming that adults who smoke do their puffing in the home but I thought that was a thing of the past. Do most smokers with children really still smoke in their homes? Maybe they don’t and the study results are what they are for other reasons. For example, because smokers, in general, get more colds and flu than non-smokers, maybe they pass those on to their kids even if the kids are not exposed to 2nd hand smoke. On the other hand, once in a while I will see someone driving and smoking with a baby or children in the car. I just assume those people are idiots in all aspects of their lives, but maybe not? Do otherwise decent people smoke while in confined space with their kids?
While scanning radio stations while driving, I heard a couple of radio personalities bantering about this study. One of them stated something along the line of smokers are more irresponsible in general, so it makes sense that their kids would miss more school. She thought maybe it was not because of illness, but for other reasons. The other announcer challenged the statement about smokers being less functional and the reply was interesting, to say the least. Supposedly many professionals, (doctors, nurses, law enforcement, etc.), make initial judgments of the people they deal with based on whether they are smokers or not. One claim, for instance, is that smoking is a high indicator of drug abuse. This seems a bit crazy to me, but then again I don’t know too many smokers well enough to have insight into their personal lives.