Survey: Adults concerned with kid smoking

May 4, 2007 at 5:03 PM
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MENLO PARK, Calif., May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. adults are most concerned about smoking in their children, but African-Americans rank smoking as second to teen pregnancy, a survey found.

Adults who report their child's emotional health as excellent or very good are less likely to view drug abuse as a major health problem among children; but those who view their children as having good, fair or poor emotional health see drug abuse as a greater concern, according to the survey commissioned by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and conducted by Knowledge Network.

Among adults with a college degree, 40 percent view obesity as a top concern for children, compared to 25 percent among those with less than a high school education.

Hispanic adults are more likely -- 42 percent -- to report obesity as being a major health problem for kids, compared with 31 percent of white adults and 36 percent of African-American adults.

The poll asked adults to rate a total of 17 different health problems for children living in their communities; there were 2,076 respondents overall, including those with and without children.

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