Updated: Mar 25, 2021 17:16 IST
Washington [US], March 25 (ANI): According to a new
The findings of the were recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The research was led by the University of Cincinnati.
The found that who are exposed to have higher pediatric emergency department visit costs compared to unexposed . It also concluded that a higher number of -exposed had an urgent care visit over a one-year period compared to unexposed .
The research also discovered that
“Despite major progress in tobacco control, about 4-in-10 remain exposed to . This exposure places developing at higher risk for many health problems, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia,” said health services researcher and lead author Ashley Merianos, an associate professor of health promotion and education in UC’s School of Human Services.
Merianos is also a research affiliate member of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium and the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium.
The , Merianos said, also lends insight into preventions such as standardising and initiating exposure reduction interventions in the urgent care, emergency and inpatient settings and promoting voluntary smoke-free home and car policies to help reduce ‘s exposure and related consequences.
“If every health care provider were to use each pediatric visit as an opportunity to screen and advise parents who smoke or vape to counsel parents about the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure to their , rates of pediatric exposure would decline,” said pediatric emergency physician and senior author Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. (ANI)