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IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 330-335

The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study

Authors: Abdulatif Abdullah Alomair, Mohammed Abdulrahman Alomair, Mohammad Ali Al-Marzouq, Abdulaziz Abdullah Altharman, Zuhair Tariq Al Sulaiman, Mazen Khaild AlSayed, Amer Mohamed Alhawash.

ABSTRACT

Background: Children living with smoker parents are exposed to high rates of mixtures of nicotine, toxic, and carcinogenic substances. Secondhand smoke causes more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome in infants and children. Thereby, this study aimed to investigate the behavior and attitude of parents in Al-Hasa region toward smoking and also to assess their knowledge and awareness about e-cigarette smoking, second-hand third-hand smoking. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted with parents of children below 18 years of age in Al-Hasa region, Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted through an online questionnaire survey. The survey included the demographics, behavior, and attitude of parents toward smoking. Results: Among 150 parents in this study, there were 52.67% of smoker parents. A large proportion of parents (45.29%) reported that they would accept the decision of their children, if the children began to smoke. Most parents had heard about third-hand smoking; 12.65% believed it had no effect on health, whereas 55.28% believed it was harmful to the health. There were 29.3% who thought e-cigarettes were less harmful than regular tobacco smoking. Conclusion: The study showed a high prevalence of parental smoking and a high proportion of heavy smokers, although parents knew that exposure to parental smoking is harmful to their children. The attitude and behavior of parents seem to negatively impact their and their childrenís health; so, raising awareness and knowledge is necessary and counseling the smokers to quit smoking is important.

Keywords:
Smoking, behaviors, attitude, parents, pediatric


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The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study


Authors
Abdulatif Abdullah Alomair
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Abdulrahman Alomair
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammad Ali Al-Marzouq
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulaziz Abdullah Altharman
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Zuhair Tariq Al Sulaiman
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mazen Khaild AlSayed
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Amer Mohamed Alhawash
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Abdulatif Abdullah Alomair, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.; abdulatifsa-kfu@outlook.com

Publication history
Received 18 Dec 2020
Accepted 24 Dec 2020
Published online 04 Jan 2021
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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Alomair AA, Alomair MA, Al-Marzouq MA, Altharman AA, Sulaiman ZTA, AlSayed MK, Alhawash AM. The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


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Alomair AA, Alomair MA, Al-Marzouq MA, Altharman AA, Sulaiman ZTA, AlSayed MK, Alhawash AM. The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=32246 [Access: February 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


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Alomair AA, Alomair MA, Al-Marzouq MA, Altharman AA, Sulaiman ZTA, AlSayed MK, Alhawash AM. The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


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Alomair AA, Alomair MA, Al-Marzouq MA, Altharman AA, Sulaiman ZTA, AlSayed MK, Alhawash AM. The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. (2021), [cited February 25, 2021]; 5(1): 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


Harvard Style

Alomair, A. A., Alomair, . M. A., Al-Marzouq, . M. A., Altharman, . A. A., Sulaiman, . Z. T. A., AlSayed, . M. K. & Alhawash, . A. M. (2021) The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC, 5 (1), 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


Turabian Style

Alomair, Abdulatif Abdullah, Mohammed Abdulrahman Alomair, Mohammad Ali Al-Marzouq, Abdulaziz Abdullah Altharman, Zuhair Tariq Al Sulaiman, Mazen Khaild AlSayed, and Amer Mohamed Alhawash. 2021. The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


Chicago Style

Alomair, Abdulatif Abdullah, Mohammed Abdulrahman Alomair, Mohammad Ali Al-Marzouq, Abdulaziz Abdullah Altharman, Zuhair Tariq Al Sulaiman, Mazen Khaild AlSayed, and Amer Mohamed Alhawash. "The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alomair, Abdulatif Abdullah, Mohammed Abdulrahman Alomair, Mohammad Ali Al-Marzouq, Abdulaziz Abdullah Altharman, Zuhair Tariq Al Sulaiman, Mazen Khaild AlSayed, and Amer Mohamed Alhawash. "The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 330-335. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alomair, A. A., Alomair, . M. A., Al-Marzouq, . M. A., Altharman, . A. A., Sulaiman, . Z. T. A., AlSayed, . M. K. & Alhawash, . A. M. (2021) The behaviors and attitude of parents toward smoking in pediatric primary settings in Al-Hasa region: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 330-335. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1608292072


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