Most Parents Support Testing Kids for Tobacco Exposure

If you’ve ever wondered how much cigarette smoke your kids are really exposed to – you’re not alone.

A new study led by the Center for Child and Adolescent Health has found that a majority of parents would support testing children for tobacco smoke exposure as part of their primary care visit.

Researchers surveyed nearly 500 parents – both smoking and non-smoking – and asked them how they felt about the idea of testing children for tobacco smoke exposure during routine pediatric visits.

This handout image, released on November 10, 2010 depicts a mother blowing cigarette smoke in a child's face in one of the Federal Drug Administration's proposed new "graphic health warnings."

This handout image, released on November 10, 2010 depicts a mother blowing cigarette smoke in a child's face in one of the Federal Drug Administration's proposed new 'graphic health warnings.'

Overall 60 percent of parents supported the idea. Researchers say such testing could help promote smoke-free homes, cars and ultimately encourage family members to kick the habit for good.

Dr. Jeff Chapman, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, who was not part of the study, agrees.

“Potentially families where there is a smoker identified, perhaps having objective evidence that it is impacting their children may motivate some families to quit smoking,” he said.

source: www.foxnews.com

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