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Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home: a household survey in the North of England

Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home: a household survey in the North of England
Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home: a household survey in the North of England
Exposure of children to second-hand smoke (SHS) leads to increased risk of health and social problems and uptake of smoking in the future. We aimed to assess the prevalence of children’s exposure to SHS in their homes, in a deprived area in the North of England and identify what people thought would help them achieve a smoke-free home (SFH). We performed a cross-sectional survey of 318 households with at least one child aged under 16 years in Beeston Hill, a deprived locality in Leeds, England in June 2008. One hundred and seventy-three households [54%, 95% confidence interval (C.I.) 49–60] had at least one smoker in the house. In 42% (95% C.I. 35–50) of these households (n = 73), smoking took place in the presence of children. The odds of allowing smoking in front of children were 2.2 (95% C.I. 1.1–4.5) times greater in households whose head had less than A-level (national exams at 18 years) or equivalent qualification than in homes with a more qualified head of household. 92% of respondents were aware that SHS has negative effects on children’s health. However, 71% felt more information about health risks to children would help reduce exposure to SHS in the home. Smoking in the presence of children takes place in a relatively high proportion of households with smoker(s), despite media awareness campaigns regarding the dangers of passive smoking launched alongside the recently enforced smoke-free public and workplaces legislation. Specific promotion of SFHs is needed to protect the health of children.
children, passive smoking, tobacco control
0966-0410
257-263
Alwan, Nisreen
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Siddiqi, Kamran
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Thomson, Heather
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Alwan, Nisreen, Siddiqi, Kamran, Thomson, Heather and Cameron, Ian (2010) Children's exposure to second-hand smoke in the home: a household survey in the North of England. Health & Social Care in the Community, 18 (3), 257-263. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00890.x). (PMID:20050935)

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Exposure of children to second-hand smoke (SHS) leads to increased risk of health and social problems and uptake of smoking in the future. We aimed to assess the prevalence of children’s exposure to SHS in their homes, in a deprived area in the North of England and identify what people thought would help them achieve a smoke-free home (SFH). We performed a cross-sectional survey of 318 households with at least one child aged under 16 years in Beeston Hill, a deprived locality in Leeds, England in June 2008. One hundred and seventy-three households [54%, 95% confidence interval (C.I.) 49–60] had at least one smoker in the house. In 42% (95% C.I. 35–50) of these households (n = 73), smoking took place in the presence of children. The odds of allowing smoking in front of children were 2.2 (95% C.I. 1.1–4.5) times greater in households whose head had less than A-level (national exams at 18 years) or equivalent qualification than in homes with a more qualified head of household. 92% of respondents were aware that SHS has negative effects on children’s health. However, 71% felt more information about health risks to children would help reduce exposure to SHS in the home. Smoking in the presence of children takes place in a relatively high proportion of households with smoker(s), despite media awareness campaigns regarding the dangers of passive smoking launched alongside the recently enforced smoke-free public and workplaces legislation. Specific promotion of SFHs is needed to protect the health of children.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 September 2009
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 December 2009
Published date: May 2010
Keywords: children, passive smoking, tobacco control
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 377789
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377789
ISSN: 0966-0410
PURE UUID: fec01009-5bbf-4939-84e8-6991bc19eb98
ORCID for Nisreen Alwan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4134-8463

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Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:21

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Author: Nisreen Alwan ORCID iD
Author: Kamran Siddiqi
Author: Heather Thomson
Author: Ian Cameron

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