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Individualised behavioural counselling for smoking mothers decreased children's exposure to smoke

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QUESTION: Does individualised behavioural counselling for smoking mothers reduce children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)?


Randomised (allocation not concealed), blinded (outcome assessors) controlled trial with follow up at 1 year.


San Diego county, California, USA.


108 English and Spanish speaking mothers (mean age 29 y; 47% white, 28% Hispanic, 21% black), who smoked ≥2 cigarettes each day and exposed their child (<4 y of age) to the smoke from ≥1 cigarette each day, were identified from service sites of the supplemental nutrition programme for women, infants, and children. Women who were breast feeding and those who did not have a telephone were excluded. Follow up was ≥87%.


53 mothers were allocated to individualised behavioural counselling, which comprised 3 in person and 4 telephone counselling sessions over a 3 month period. Sessions were done by trained graduate students and focused on shaping procedures …

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  • Source of funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Smoke-Free Families Program.

  • For correspondence: Professor M F Hovell, Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182, USA. Fax +1 858 505 8614.

  • * p Value calculated from data in article.