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J Asthma. 2007 Mar;44(2):83-8.

Barriers to reducing ETS in the homes of inner-city children with asthma.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Strong Children's Research Center, Rochester, New York 14642, USA.


This study assessed knowledge regarding the harm of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure and barriers to reducing ETS from the point-of-view of urban parents of asthmatic children. We conducted in-depth interviews with 15 mothers of children with asthma. All parents had good knowledge regarding the harmful effects of ETS. While all children of smoking parents were exposed to ETS, parents described using various strategies to keep ETS away from children. Many parents experienced significant stress in their lives and used smoking to relieve their stress. Barriers to a smoke-free home included stress, addiction, and the use of ineffective strategies to reduce ETS exposure.

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