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Secondhand Smoke Risk in Infants Discharged from a NICU: Potential for Significant Health Disparities?
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PMID:  21669959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: Secondhand smoke exposure (SHSe) threatens fragile infants discharged from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Smoking practices were examined in families with a high respiratory risk infant (born at very low birth weight; ventilated > 12 hr) in a Houston, Texas, NICU. Socioeconomic status, race, and mental health status were hypothesized to be related to SHSe and household smoking bans. METHODS: Data were collected as part of The Baby's Breath Project, a hospital-based SHSe intervention trial targeting parents with a high-risk infant in the NICU who reported a smoker in the household (N = 99). Measures of sociodemographics, smoking, home and car smoking bans, and depression were collected. RESULTS: Overall, 26% of all families with a high-risk infant in the NICU reported a household smoker. Almost half of the families with a smoker reported an annual income of less than $25,000. 46.2% of families reported having a total smoking ban in place in both their homes and cars. Only 27.8% families earning less than $25,000 reported having a total smoking ban in place relative to almost 60% of families earning more (p < .01). African American and Caucasian families were less likely to have a smoking ban compared with Hispanics (p < .05). Mothers who reported no smoking ban were more depressed than those who had a household smoking ban (p < .02). Conclusions: The most disadvantaged families were least likely to have protective health behaviors in place to reduce SHSe and, consequently, are most at-risk for tobacco exposure and subsequent tobacco-related health disparities. Innovative SHSe interventions for this vulnerable population are sorely needed.
Angela L Stotts; Patricia W Evans; Charles E Green; Thomas F Northrup; Carrie L Dodrill; Jeffery M Fox; Jon E Tyson; Melbourne F Hovell
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1469-994X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-6-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9815751     Medline TA:  Nicotine Tob Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 6431 Fannin, JJL 324, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
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