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Parent, Child Surgery May Spur Parents to Quit Smoking

Last Updated: June 30, 2011.

Parents are more likely to try to quit smoking if they or their child had a recent surgery, and are more likely to succeed if they underwent the surgical procedure and not their child, according to a study published in the July issue of Anesthesiology.

THURSDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Parents are more likely to try to quit smoking if they or their child had a recent surgery, and are more likely to succeed if they underwent the surgical procedure and not their child, according to a study published in the July issue of Anesthesiology.

Yu Shi, M.D., M.P.H., and David O. Warner, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., investigated whether there is an association between parental smoking behavior and children undergoing surgery. Data were collected from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey. Analyses included 9,289 parent respondents and their children

The investigators found that 12.6 percent (1,112) of the sampled children resided in a home with at least one parent who smoked indoors. Surgery in the past 12 months in either the child (odds ratio [OR], 2.61) or parent (OR, 2.19) was associated with an increased possibility of an attempt to quit by the parent who smoked, after adjusting for confounders. However, quitting attempts were more likely to succeed if the parents (OR, 2.35) and not the child (OR, 0.51) had undergone the surgical procedure.

"Parents who smoke were more likely to make a quit attempt within the past 12 months if their children had surgery within this time, but they were not more likely to succeed in maintaining abstinence and thus could benefit from assistance," the authors write.

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