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Mar212011

Should Children Be Routinely Tested for Cigarette Smoke Exposure?

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Most parents would want their children to be screened for cigarette smoke exposure when they visit their pediatricians, according to a study published Monday in Pediatrics.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children surveyed 477 smoking and non-smoking parents on whether or not they would want to have their children tested for the exposure as part of a routine primary care visit -- and found that 60 percent of them would.

Although tests to measure children's exposure to tobacco smoke exist, they are not currently used in child healthcare settings.  If they were, parents who smoke would get a better idea about whether their efforts to keep their children away from secondhand smoke are successful or not.

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