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Kentucky Scientific Advisers

JOHN EATON, PhD

University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., Louisville, KY

Lung Cancer Discovery Award

Funded in partnership between the American Lung Association and the LUNGevity Foundation

Comparing Two Methods To Encourage Home Smoking Bans

Documenting Child Exposure To Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Carcinogens: A Novel Approach To Motivate Families To Adopt Home Smoking Bans

Exposure to secondhand smoke contributes to about 50,000 deaths in the United States each year and is a recognized cause of respiratory disease in children. Yet 36.1% of children in the U.S. live in a home where people regularly smoke cigarettes. One way to reduce children's secondhand smoke exposure is by limiting or banning smoking in the home. The researchers will evaluate two methods to motivate families to adopt home smoking restrictions. One group will receive a home visit by a counselor who will provide a brochure documenting the health impact of home exposure to secondhand smoke. The second group will receive the same brochure and will be given more education from the counselor about the health risks of home smoking and the importance of a home smoking ban. The second group will also receive the results of a lab test conducted on the urine of a child in the home that will document cotinine (a byproduct of nicotine use) and NNAL, a known cancer-causing agent found only in tobacco. Three months later, the researchers will return to see if the method the smokers received changed their home smoking policies and if the treatment had any effect on their smoking behaviors

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