Majority of Parents Approve of Smoke Exposure Testing

Both smoking and nonsmoking parents want their children tested during pediatric visits

MONDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of parents, both smokers and nonsmokers, want their children tested for tobacco-smoke exposure as part of their children's health care settings, according to a study published online March 21 in Pediatrics.

Jonathan P. Winickoff, M.D., M.P.H., from the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boson, and colleagues investigated whether parents wanted their children to be tested for tobacco-smoke exposure. A national random-digit-dial household telephone survey was conducted between September and November 2006, and was weighted by race and gender to be representative of the U.S population. Of the eligible respondents, 477 parents were identified.

The investigators found that a majority of parents, including parents who smoked, thought that tobacco-smoke exposure should be tested during their children's visits to their doctors (60 percent of all parents and 62 percent of parents who smoked). Factors associated with wanting the child to be tested for tobacco-smoke exposure included lower parental education level, allowing smoking in the house, nonwhite race, and female gender.

"The majority of parents wanted their child tested for tobacco smoke exposure in the context of their pediatric visit. Somewhat surprisingly, a similar majority of parents who smoke wanted their child tested," the authors write.

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