Parents Shoud Kick Butts for Their Children


For Immediate Release
March 23, 2011
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Parents Should Kick Butts for their Children

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists reports anesthetic risks
associated with secondhand cigarette smoke
Park Ridge, Ill. - Parents and other adult tobacco smokers should consider the dangers associated with children who are exposed to secondhand smoke when undergoing anesthesia.  That is why today, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) supports this year’s National Kick Butts Day, March 23, 2011.
A recent report published in the February issue of the AANA Journal, titled Pediatric respiratory complication after general anesthesia with exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in the home: A case report (PDF), concluded that children who are regularly exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), commonly known as secondhand smoke, are 3.5 times more likely to have breathing difficulties after undergoing general anesthesia than children who are not exposed to ETS.

Of the nearly 60 percent of children in America who are habitually exposed to secondhand smoke within the home, they are more prone to airway and pulmonary complications after surgery.  Such complications consists laryngospasm, bronchospasms, wheezing, coughing stridor, increased mucus, and lack of oxygen.
“There are countless of valid reasons to stop smoking. As Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) we deem the potential of causing detriment to a child’s anesthesia outcome at the top of the list,” said AANA President Paul Santoro, CRNA, MS.  “National Kick Butts day presents a perfect time to advocate for children’s anesthesia safety.  This is a day when children stand-up for their health and ask adults not to smoke around them, an initiative in which the AANA fully supports.”

Due to a child’s smaller size and developmental stage, they are more susceptible to being affected by secondhand smoke than adults.  On National Kick Butts Day thousands of youths in every state across the country and around the world will speak up and take action against the use of tobacco.  The AANA strongly suggests that parents and other adults who smoke tobacco around children seek interventions to help eliminate their smoking habit.  Visit the AANA website and learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke, or learn more about National Kick Butts Day.

About National Kick Butts Day
In its 16th year, National Kick Butts Day was created in 1996 by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in partnership with tobacco control groups and schools across the country.  The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. To learn more visit

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