Navigation Links
Smoking parents often expose children to tobacco smoke in their cars
Date:11/12/2012

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) investigators found that a majority of interviewed smoking parents exposed their children to tobacco smoke in their cars, even though many had smoke-free policies at home. The study that will appear in the December 2012 issue of Pediatrics and has been released online, suggests that parents may not recognize the dangers of smoking in their cars with a child present.

"Workplaces, restaurants, homes and even bars are mostly smoke-free, but cars have been forgotten," says Emara Nabi-Burza, MBBS, MS, the study's lead author. "Smoking in cars is not safe for motorists and nonsmokers especially children, who have no way to avoid tobacco smoke exposure in their parent's car. Now that we know the magnitude of the problem, pediatricians and the public can act to help these children." Nabi-Burza is an investigator with the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy at MGHfC.

The authors write that tobacco smoke can contribute to an increased risk of respiratory infections, cancer and even death in children. Homes have traditionally been considered the main indoor source of smoke exposure for children, but recent studies have found elevated levels of tobacco smoke contaminants in cars, says Nabi-Burza, noting that children may spend a considerable amount of time in their family's car.

In the study, researchers interviewed 795 smoking parents about their car-smoking policy and behavior, including whether they exposed their children to tobacco smoke in their cars. The participants were interviewed while exiting from their child's doctors' office in one of 10 pediatric practices in eight states. Seventy-three percent of the parents admitted that someone had smoked in their car in the past 3 months. Of the 562 parents who did not have a smoke-free car policy, 48 percent smoked in the car when their children were present. Most parents adopted a "strictly enforced" smoke-free policy in their homes, but only 24 percent of parents had a strictly enforced smoke-free policy for their cars.

Only about one-fifth of the parents reported being asked by a pediatric health care provider about their smoking status. Few of the parents who smoked (12 percent) were advised by the provider to avoid smoking in their cars. This is the first known study to examine the rates at which pediatricians address smoking in cars; and due to the low percentage of parents counseled on this issue, the authors conclude that pediatricians should address tobacco use with parents and encourage them to have strict smoke-free home and car policies to help reduce tobacco smoke exposure of children.

Because of their role in advocating for children's health, Nabi-Burza says pediatricians have the unique opportunity to counsel parents on creating a strict smoke-free car policy.

"An infant strapped in a car seat cannot advocate effectively for herself in the face of parental tobacco addiction. The pediatrician can help the parent set a no-smoking policy in the car," says Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH, the study's senior author. He is an associate professor of Pediatrics and Nabi-Burza is a research associate in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.


'/>"/>
Contact: Kory Zhao
kzhao2@partners.org
617-726-0274
Massachusetts General Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Anti-Smoking Progress Stalls Among U.S. Adults: Report
2. Campaign Has Smokers Listening to Smokings Victims
3. Smoking Bans Reduce Hospitalizations: Study
4. Gene May Be Tied to Both Smoking and ADHD, Study Suggests
5. Smoking During Pregnancy Tied to Extra Weight in Kids
6. Indoor workplace smoking bans garner strong support from Hoosiers
7. Smoking causes asthma in second generation offspring
8. Smoking and hyperactivity share common genetic risk factor
9. Overweight and smoking during pregnancy boost risk of overweight kids
10. Women Who Quit Smoking May Gain Up to 10 Years of Life: Study
11. Models developed from the PLCO may help identify at-risk patients for adverse smoking outcomes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... While James Earl Jones is known for myriad ... a show called "Front Page". One of the forthcoming episodes examines mammogram techniques; a ... plummeted in large part due to early detection. Like any other disease, treatments have ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... Penrose Senior Care Auditors® was ... Tuesday evening at the 26th Annual SMU Cox Dallas 100™ Awards Ceremony and ... Institute for Entrepreneurship. Dallas 100™, co-founded by the Caruth Institute, honors the ingenuity, ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 04, 2016 , ... Patients who wish ... take advantage of a cosmetic procedure known as Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional ... appearance of age spots, fine lines, uneven coloration, wrinkles, scarring, skin laxity ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... ... Responsible dental care hinges on regular brushing of the teeth. However, just brushing ... inspired an inventor from Las Vegas, Nev., to design the BRUSH PROPER. , ... bad techniques of brushing the teeth in order to prevent cavities," he said. "Children ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Lori G. Cohen and ... will speak at the American Conference Institute’s 21st Drug & Medical Device Litigation ... Lead Sponsor of the conference. , Cohen, who chairs the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... OSWEGO, Ore. , Dec. 5, 2016   ... the BioInsight clinical study. The study evaluates the safety ... insertion procedure in an office setting. BioMonitor ... ® technology that is placed underneath a patient,s ... fibrillation and syncope (fainting). Atrial fibrillation is a leading ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... PITTSBURGH , Dec. 5, 2016  Wellbridge Health and ... innovative digital health solutions to Medicare and Medicaid plan members ... effort targeted at the unique needs of this group of ... on social work philosophies to provide insight into members, daily ... , ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... N.J. , Dec. 5, 2016  Daiichi ... preliminary safety and efficacy data from a phase ... MDM2 inhibitor, suggesting that DS-3032 may be a ... myeloid leukemia (AML) and high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). ... the phase 1 study of DS-3032 were presented in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: