Most Children from Rural Areas Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

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Researchers from University of Kentucky say that secondhand smoke is main cause of a number of diseases in children, especially in rural areas,

According to one of authors of the research Ellen Hahn, who is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, told that the only way to protect children and non-smokers from secondhand smoke is to totally eliminate the source of tobacco smoke.

The research used data from a panel survey conducted in the Internet and administered to almost 500 residents in Kentucky each year from 2007 to 2012.

The vast majority of participants were females aged 35 to 54 having at least some college education.  50% of the participants were from a county where a comprehensive smoke-free law was adopted and smoking was prohibited in public places and 14% lived in a county with a moderate law, with some places excluded from the law.

The results of the research were published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal. Scientists discovered that survey respondents from urban counties were 2 times more likely to report a smoke-free home than those from rural.

Besides this, it was found that people who responded to the survey in the last 2 years of the survey were more likely to have a smoke-free home in comparison to those in 2007. Researchers were happy to find that since 2007 more Kentuckians have made their homes smoke-free. However, at the same time they found that having kids at home does not mean they live in a smoke-free home.

The authors of the research say that there is need to promote smoke-free homes in rural areas in order to prevent children exposure to secondhand smoke.

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