African American children may be more susceptible to tobacco toxins associated with secondhand smoke than white children.
That is according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Cincinnati followed 220 children with asthma who were exposed to at least five cigarettes a day at home.
They tested for levels of cotinine, a metabolite in the body that forms when people inhale nicotine.
They found that while African American children spent less time around environmental tobacco smoke than white children, their cotinine levels were 32% higher.