July 15, 2009

Sandwich generation worried about smoking

So-called sandwich generation Americans caring for children and parents are concerned about the smoking habits of both generations, researchers say.

A survey, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of the American Legacy Foundation, indicates 75 percent of respondents with a parent who is a current or former smoker worry the aging family member could be diagnosed with a tobacco-related disease.

Thirty-four percent of respondents with teenage or adult children indicate they were concerned about their child's current or potential smoking.

This snapshot into the lives and concerns of this segment of our population reinforces the urgency with which more resources are needed to return money and lives as dividends, Cheryl G. Healton, president of the American Legacy Foundation, said in a statement.

This is especially important given one in five of those concerned about their parents say the healthcare costs associated with smoking are impacting their family's financial situation more than ever.

The telephone survey of 1,002 adults in the continental United States was conducted June 19-22. No margin of error was provided.

The American Legacy Foundation in Washington develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use.