RadioMD: Body Language
RadioMD: Body Language

Secondhand Smoke: Impairing Children’s Cough Reflex?

February 15, 20139 min
What if a child's cough reflex was seriously desensitized by inhaling secondhand smoke?The coauthors of Secondhand Smoke Impairs Vital Cough Reflex in Kids for the Monell Chemical Senses Center start with the fact that coughing is a vital protective reflex that helps clear potential toxins from the body. But what if a child's cough reflex was seriously desensitized by inhaling secondhand smoke? Might that increase the risk of adolescents acquiring a smoking habit by making their experimentation with smoking actually less unpleasant and perhaps even easier? That's the question that our guests seek to answer. They are Julie Mennella, PhD, a developmental biologist and her colleague, sensory scientist Paul Wise, PhD, both with the Monell Chemical Senses Center .

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