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Parental education on passive smoking in infancy does work.
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PMID:  14533732     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Passive smoking is harmful to young children. A protocol has been developed to allow health care workers to communicate with parents about preventing passive smoking. The main message was to refrain from smoking in the presence of the child. The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of this education programme. METHOD: The prevalence of smoking in the presence of infants aged 0-10 months was compared before and after the implementation of the education programme. National samples of mothers completed questionnaires in 1996 (n = 1,129) and in 1999 (n = 2,534). Questions were asked about smoking in the living room in the presence of infants, and about parental smoking, and background characteristics. RESULTS: The prevalence of passive infant smoking decreased from 41% to 18%. The adjusted odds ratio for passive infant smoking in 1999 compared to 1996 was 0.34 (0.26-0.44) when none of the parents smoked, 0.19 (0.14-0.27) when one of the parents smoked, and 0.30 (0.20-0.44) when both parents smoked. CONCLUSION: The implementation of this health education programme seems to have been very successful in reducing passive smoking in children. Implementation of similar health education programmes in other countries is recommended.
M R Crone; S A Reijneveld; M C Willemsen; R A Hira Sing
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of public health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1101-1262     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Public Health     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-09     Completed Date:  2004-02-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204966     Medline TA:  Eur J Public Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
TNO Prevention and Health, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Health Education / organization & administration*
Infant, Newborn
National Health Programs / organization & administration*
Parents* / education*,  psychology
Program Evaluation
Smoking / epidemiology
Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Tobacco Smoke Pollution

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