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Parental perceptions towards passive smoking: a cross-sectional survey in Vikarabad town, India

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K S Poornima ,

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, IN
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Senior Resident, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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P Parthasarathi Reddy,

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, IN
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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
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M Shakeel Anjum,

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, IN
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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
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M Monica,

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, IN
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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
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K Yadav Rao,

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, IN
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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
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Irram Abbas

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, IN
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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
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Abstract

Background: Environmental tobacco smoke is a known human carcinogen and passive smoking has now emerged as a health threat. Home is the major source of exposure to tobacco smoke among children.

Objective: To explore parents’ smoking behaviour and their perceptions towards passive smoking and its effects on their children.

Method: A cross-sectional, household survey was conducted on 179 smoking parents in an Indian town using a semi-structured questionnaire which gathered information about demographic factors and 21 questions assessing their smoking behaviour and perceptions about passive smoking.

Results: Thirty two percent reported that they did not know smoking caused cancer and only 25% strongly believed that if parents smoked, it had a harmful effect on children's health.

Conclusion: Low education, unskilled jobs and a past experience of smoking related health problems have an influence on the way passive smoke and its harmful effects are perceived by smoking parents.

How to Cite: Poornima, K.S., Reddy, P.P., Anjum, M.S., Monica, M., Rao, K.Y. and Abbas, I., 2016. Parental perceptions towards passive smoking: a cross-sectional survey in Vikarabad town, India. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 45(1), pp.24–31. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v45i1.8081
Published on 05 Mar 2016.
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