As a result, the nation’s leading group of pediatricians is urging doctors to encourage patients to have strict smoke-free home and car policies to reduce the amount of tobacco smoke exposed to children.
Federal health officials say there is no safe level of tobacco smoke exposure. It puts people at higher risk for respiratory infections, lung cancer and death.
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that 48 percent of parents who did not follow a strict smoke-free car policy exposed their children to tobacco smoke in their cars, according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Less than one-third – 29 percent – of the 795 parents interviewed for the study did adhere to a smoke-free car policy. But only 12 percent were advised to have a smoke-free car rule, the study showed.
“This is the first known study to examine the rates at which pediatricians address smoking in cars, and due to the low number of parents counseled on this issue, study authors conclude that pediatricians should address tobacco use with parents and encourage them to have strict smoke-free home and car policies to help reduce tobacco smoke exposure of children,” the authors wrote.
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