The analysis found that kids who are exposed to tobacco smoke have significantly higher pediatric emergency department visit costs in comparison to unexposed children. Additionally, it concluded that a greater amount of tobacco smoke-exposed kids had an urgent care visit on a one-year period compared to unexposed children. Merianos is also a research affiliate Associate of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium.
“Despite significant progress in tobacco control, about 4-in-10 children stay exposed to tobacco smoke. This vulnerability puts growing children at higher risk for many health problems, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia,” said health services researcher and lead writer Ashley Merianos, an associate professor of health promotion and education at UC’s College of Human Services. The analysis, Merianos said, also lends insight into preventions like standardizing and initiating cigarette smoke exposure reduction interventions at the urgent care, emergency, and inpatient settings and promoting the voluntary smoke-free house and car policies to help reduce children’s cigarette smoke exposure and relevant effects.
According to another research, tobacco smoke-exposed children utilize emergency and urgent care services more frequently than unexposed children, which leads to a large toll on the nation’s health care system. The findings of the study were recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study was directed by the University of Cincinnati. “If Every Healthcare provider were to Use each pediatric Trip as a Chance to monitor and Inform parents that smoke or vape to Inform parents about the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure to their kids, rates of pediatric cigarette smoke exposure would decline,” said pediatric emergency doctor and senior writer Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s.
The study also found that tobacco smoke-exposed children had nearly twice the chance of being admitted to the hospital on a one-year period in comparison to unexposed children.