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Parental Smoking and Infant Respiratory Infection: How Important Is Not Smoking in the Same Room With the Baby?

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Blizzard, CL and Ponsonby, AL and Dwyer, T and Venn, A and Cochrane, JA, Parental Smoking and Infant Respiratory Infection: How Important Is Not Smoking in the Same Room With the Baby?, American Journal of Public Health, 93, (3) pp. 482-488. ISSN 0090-0036 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2105/AJPH.93.3.482

Abstract

Objectives. We sought to quantify the effect of good smoking hygiene on infant risk of respiratory tract infection in the first 12 months of life. Methods. A cohort of 4486 infants in Tasmania, Australia, was followed from birth to 12 months of age for hospitalization with respiratory infection. Case ascertainment was 98.2%. Results. Relative to the infants of mothers who smoked postpartum but never in the same room with their infants, risk of hospitalization was 56% (95% confidence interval [Cl]=13%, 119%) higher if the mother smoked in the same room with the infant, 73% (95% Cl=18%, 157%) higher if the mother smoked when holding the infant, and 95% (95% Cl=28%, 298%) higher if the mother smoked while feeding the infant. Conclusions. Parents who smoke should not smoke with their infants present in the same room.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma)
Author:Blizzard, CL (Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard)
Author:Ponsonby, AL (Professor Anne Ponsonby)
Author:Dwyer, T (Professor Terry Dwyer)
Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
Author:Cochrane, JA (Mrs Jennifer Cochrane)
ID Code:28388
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Menzies Centre
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-30
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