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Smoking habits of parents attending a children’s hospital
  1. Michelle Miller1,
  2. David Gow2,
  3. David Tappin3,
  4. Steve Turner1
  1. 1
    Department of Child Health, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2
    Control, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Child Health, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Dr S W Turner, School of Medicine, Department of Child Health, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZG, UK; s.w.turner{at}


This exploratory study surveyed 418 parents attending a paediatric hospital in order to establish their smoking habits and preparedness to quit. We found that 27% were current smokers, of whom 81% were willing to try and quit in the near future. These and the parent’s other responses to a questionnaire will be used to develop a programme of smoking cessation for parents attending a children’s hospital.

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  • The present study was made possible by an award from the NHS Grampian Endowment Fund.

  • Competing interests: None.

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