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Predictors of indoor smoking at young children’s homes—a cross-sectional study


Ulbricht, Sabina; Holdys, Josefine; Meyer, Christian; Kastirke, Nadin; Haug, Severin; John, Ulrich (2014). Predictors of indoor smoking at young children’s homes—a cross-sectional study. European Journal of Pediatrics, 173(9):1187-1191.

Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine factors associated with indoor smoking in homes (ISIH) using a sample of households with at least one child aged 3 or younger and at least one smoking adult. In a defined German region, all households (n = 3,570) with a child aged 3 or younger were invited to participate in a study that tested the efficacy of an intervention for reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. In 1,282 households, at least one parent reported daily smoking. Among these, 917 (71.5 %) participated in the study. ISIH was defined as smoking ‘in specific rooms only’ or ‘everywhere’. Cross-sectional data were analysed using regression analysis. Among the households, 37.5 % reported ISIH. ISIH was more likely if the youngest child had not visited a nursery (OR, 1.81; CI, 1.21–2.70) and if no private outdoor area was present (OR = 4.38, CI, 2.64–7.25). Lower household education level and partly unemployment in dual-parent households were associated with ISIH. Conclusion: Fostering nursery attendance and availability of a private outdoor area may protect young children living in household with smoking parents from environmental tobacco smoke.

Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine factors associated with indoor smoking in homes (ISIH) using a sample of households with at least one child aged 3 or younger and at least one smoking adult. In a defined German region, all households (n = 3,570) with a child aged 3 or younger were invited to participate in a study that tested the efficacy of an intervention for reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. In 1,282 households, at least one parent reported daily smoking. Among these, 917 (71.5 %) participated in the study. ISIH was defined as smoking ‘in specific rooms only’ or ‘everywhere’. Cross-sectional data were analysed using regression analysis. Among the households, 37.5 % reported ISIH. ISIH was more likely if the youngest child had not visited a nursery (OR, 1.81; CI, 1.21–2.70) and if no private outdoor area was present (OR = 4.38, CI, 2.64–7.25). Lower household education level and partly unemployment in dual-parent households were associated with ISIH. Conclusion: Fostering nursery attendance and availability of a private outdoor area may protect young children living in household with smoking parents from environmental tobacco smoke.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:05 Aug 2014 15:39
Last Modified:23 Aug 2017 14:56
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-6199
Additional Information:The final publication is available at link.springer.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-014-2310-x

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