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In case you needed yet another reason to avoid smoking, researchers have found a connection between parents who smoke and childhood food allergies.

Secondhand smoke has already been proven to cause asthma in kids whose parents are smokers, but researchers at the Karolinska Institute of Sweden have found that the dangers go beyond respiratory issues. A recent study published the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that infants with smoking parents are at a higher risk for developing food allergies as teenagers than babies whose parents were non-smokers.

The researchers studied over 3,000 children born in Stockholm between 1994 and 1996 until they were 16 years old. Over the years the kids were blood tested for allergies to certain foods. Based on parents who reported being smokers when kids were around two months old, they found that those exposed to smoke were more likely to develop food allergies, especially to eggs and peanuts.

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