A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new study that showed children with a history of tobacco use had more severe COPD.
But a new review of the study’s results finds a connection between the two.
As the Washington Post reports, the study was published last week in the Journal of Pediatrics and the researchers say they are still unsure how it could have been so widely misinterpreted.
In an accompanying editorial, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say that their analysis found that kids who were more likely to smoke were more than twice as likely to develop COPD, the deadly lung disease.
The study also found that children who smoke had significantly higher odds of developing COPD later in life.
“We believe that the association between tobacco smoking and COPD was most likely driven by confounding,” the researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics.
In other words, the researchers were unable to control for confounding factors such as family history of COPD and diet.
And while they say the findings should be taken with a grain of salt, they also say the study “suggests that COPD is not a one-size-fits-all disease.”
If you or anyone you know has any type of chronic health condition, or you know someone who has one, don’t let anyone tell you that you have to avoid tobacco.
Keep it in moderation.
“We think that most people should continue to smoke because it does no harm to you, but the people who smoke more are actually more likely,” Dr. Richard Reiter, the lead author of the paper and an assistant professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, told the Buffalo News.