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Note: This site documents N.C.’s work on making public schools tobacco free, from 2000 until state law went into effect in 2008, and is provided as a resource for states and communities currently working to make their schools tobacco free. Factual information reflects research and data from 2000-2008.

Secondhand Smoke Affects Cognitive Abilities in Children

A new study in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives highlighting the relationship between environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and cognitive abilities among children provides further justification for 100% tobacco free school policies. The data show a relationship between ETS exposure and cognitive deficits even at extremely low levels of exposure.

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