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Smoking Restrictions in the Homes of Children With Cancer

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Objectives: To examine smoking restrictions in households of children with cancer and their effect on biological measures of children's secondhand smoke exposure (SHSe). Methods: A sample of 135 parents of nonsmoking children with cancer who lived with a smoker completed structured interviews. Results: Approximately 43% of families prohibited smoking in the home. Children living in homes that prohibited smoking had median cotinine levels that were 71% and 52% lower than did those from homes with no and partial restrictions. Conclusions: Parents should be directed to completely ban all smoking from the home and car to best protect their children from SHSe.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA 2: Biostatistics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA 3: Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA 4: Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Publication date: 2013-07-01

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