Introduction Extensive evidence exists regarding health risks posed by children's exposure to second-hand smoke, and there is increasing evidence concerning the risks of third-hand smoke. This evidence is most meaningful if the public is aware of these risks and can help curb childhood exposure. Methods Participants were selected at an academic medical center and asked to complete a survey. Responses were compared based on respondents' smoking status and the presence or absence of children in their homes. Results A total of 310 adults responded. Nonsmokers and respondents living with children were more likely to see smoking in the home as affecting all the queried health problems (p < .05). Knowledge of the risks of second-hand smoke exposure is limited, and very few respondents perceived risk from third-hand smoke exposure. Discussion The widespread lack of awareness of the risks associated with environmental tobacco smoke must be addressed to curb childhood exposure.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health