Parental smoking and children undergoing anesthesia: Is there a role for pediatric hospitals in smoking cessation?

Academic Article


  • Purpose: Pediatric hospitals within the Children's Hospital Association were surveyed to determine their tobacco cessation efforts for parents/patients. Design and Methods: Electronic surveys were sent to 75 anesthesia providers and/or preoperative surgery specialists at 41 facilities. Results: A total of 52 completed surveys were returned. The majority (97%) of facilities were smoke-free, and 68% included preoperative questions about parental smoking and secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. Few offered cessation assistance. Practice Implications: Pediatric hospitals have a role in parental smoking cessation. This article provides recommendations for pediatric hospitals to assist parents to overcome their addiction to tobacco as they strive to provide the best possible healthcare services for children.
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    Author List

  • Niedermeier K; Selleck CS
  • Start Page

  • 170
  • End Page

  • 177
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 4