Testing Children for Tobacco Smoke Exposure

Jodi - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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March 21, 2011 12:01 am (ET)

MOST PARENTS SUPPORT TESTING CHILDREN FOR TOBACCO SMOKE EXPOSURE

Children can be exposed to tobacco smoke through many venues – in the home, in the car, in child care or from other units in multi-unit housing. The study, “Acceptability of Testing Children for Tobacco Smoke Exposure: A National Parent Survey,” in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online March 21) assessed whether testing children for tobacco smoke as part of a child’s primary care visit is acceptable to parents. Of 477 parents (smoking and non-smoking), 60 percent think children should be tested for tobacco smoke exposure during pediatric visits. Among parents who smoked, 62 percent agree with testing children during a child’s doctor visit. Positive test results may help non-smokers advocate for safer environments for their children. Parental smokers may be curious to know whether their efforts to prevent tobacco exposure are working. Such testing, if it were made available, could help promote smoke-free homes and cars, and encourage family members to quit smoking. It might also lead to more rapid adoption of smoke-free multi-unit housing nationwide.

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/mar...

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Jodi - posted on 03/23/2011

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I actually am pretty sure you COULD use it for exactly what you have mentioned Tracey. You COULD argue a clause in a court order not to smoke around the children, inside the house, the car or any other enclosed space, based on all the evidence on the negative effects (I don't think you can force them not to smoke at all). So yeah, I guess such a test could be used to check compliance with that.

Tara - posted on 03/22/2011

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sure it might work to reduce exposure by raising awareness about second hand smoke.
But I also wonder what will the outcome be if there are higher than normal levels in a childs blood?
Will CPS be notified.

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Katherine - posted on 03/23/2011

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Great idea, not so great if it's going to be used against you as a form of child abuse.
I'm wondering the same as the others: What would they do with that information?

Sneaky - posted on 03/23/2011

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And if Shannen and Teresa's kids were exposed to tobacco smoke - would that be grounds for a change of custody/access visits for their kids?

(Not picking on you guys - just wondering how many different ways this information might be used!)

Hmmm, I think I'm on the fence. I understand the potential health benefits, I'm just wondering if there may be consequence we have yet to think of . . . .

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Thats the sort of thing i was wondering about Teresa. My kids will be going to their father and i have asked that for the time he has them that he doesn't smoke ( didn't while we were together) So i would love to see if he does and what effects it would have on my children while they are with him.

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I'd love to be able to know exactly how much exposure my kids are getting when they are w/ their father. The last time they saw him (for a week, end of December)... as soon as we got home I unpacked their bags and immediately had to do a load of laundry cuz I couldn't breathe..... :(

Lacye - posted on 03/22/2011

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I'm going to wait to see what others say before I put down my opinion. I just want to keep up with this thread.

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