Childhood asthma secondhand smoke education vital

Posted: 12/23/2013


A US study has found that smokers caring for children with asthma often underestimate levels of secondhand smoke exposure.

Among 738 smokers interviewed, those who looked after children with asthma were significantly more likely to report having a smoking ban at home than caregivers of children without asthma. However, when the research team objectively measured secondhand smoke in the participants' homes, there was no significant difference in levels between the two groups.

"Our results suggest that [caregivers to children with asthma] may feel reticent to admit to smoking around their child and may be inclined to overreport positive health behaviors such as implementing a smoking ban," comment researchers Belinda Borrelli (Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA) and colleagues. Read more.