Ohio AAP Smoke Free Families Advisor Contributes to New Research on Tobacco Smoke Exposure Risks – Enroll In Next Wave to Receive $3000 Cash Incentive!

Tobacco smoke exposure is present in higher than expected numbers of even smoke free homes, according to new research published in the JAMA Network Open. Ohio AAP Smoke Free Families program advisor, Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, FAAP, contributed to the research, which found that “decades of permissive smoking policies have created significant THS (third hand smoke) reservoirs in many indoor environments.”

Third hand smoke is residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. In the study, completed with families and children from Cincinnati, results showed that “while parents’ efforts to protect their children from tobacco smoke pollutants did not fully prevent exposure, they reduced the magnitude of exposure by a mean of 86%.” Read more about this study by clicking here.

Reducing smoke exposure has been the focus of the Ohio AAP’s Smoke Free Families program for over five years, reaching over 60 practices in Ohio and impacting thousands of families. The results of the program have shown that smoke exposure and unsafe sleep – which significantly increase risks of sleep related infant deaths when combined – can be reduced through simple conversations with parents.

Wave 5 of Smoke Free Families is accepting practice through the end of February, with opportunities to earn:

  • $3,000 to support project implementation
  • 25 Points of ABP MOC Part IV credit
  • FREE sleep sacks and board books to provide to your patients
  • Education to maximize your reimbursement for screening infants for smoke exposure
  • Virtual training from an Ohio AAP practice coach – no travel from your practice required

For more information, contact Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org or visit: https://ohioaap.org/qi-programs-moc-iv/smoke-free-families/

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