Reducing secondhand smoke exposure of children undergoing surgery

David O. Warner, Erin B. Campbell, Julie C. Hathaway, Yu Shi, Randall Flick, Tracey E. Harrison, Richard F. Hinds, Robert C. Klesges, Kristin S. Vickers

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Objective: To determine the attitudes and beliefs of both parents and surgical clinicians regarding interventions to reduce secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in children undergoing surgery. Methods: Structured interviews were conducted with 25 parents of children scheduled for elective procedures and 10 surgical clinicians. Results: Major themes identified in parent interviews included: (1) parents are receptive to learning about the surgical risks posed by SHS exposure; (2) many are already attempting to reduce SHS exposure, and; (3) parents are more accepting of SHS mitigation procedure than a recommendation to quit smoking. Clinicians were receptive to addressing perioperative SHS exposure. Conclusions: Both parents and clinicians are receptive to clinician-delivered interventions to reduce the SHS exposure of children scheduled for elective surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-932
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Key informant interviews
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Qualitative methods
  • Surgical risk
  • Tobacco use interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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