Disadvantaged mothers, young children and smoking in the home: mothers' use of space within their homes

Health Place. 2007 Dec;13(4):894-903. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.03.001. Epub 2007 Mar 21.


Breathing tobacco smoke is linked to poor health in young children, with their homes identified as the primary place of exposure. This UK study uses focus group discussions to explore how mothers living in disadvantaged areas use space within their homes to smoke while looking after children aged 0-4 years, and critically examines how they define non-smoking or smoking homes. Many women imposed temporary and ad hoc restrictions, and this research highlights how the mothers' desire to create a smoke-free environment for their children competes with their caring responsibilities, and how their efforts are restricted by the limitations of the physical environment of their homes.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior / psychology*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Poverty
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution* / prevention & control
  • United Kingdom
  • Vulnerable Populations


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution