A qualitative study of how families decide to adopt household smoking restrictions

Fam Community Health. Oct-Dec 2007;30(4):328-41. doi: 10.1097/01.FCH.0000290545.56199.c9.


Household smoking bans reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in adult nonsmokers and children. To explore the process families go through in adopting voluntary household smoking restrictions, qualitative interviews were conducted with rural African American and White adults in 102 households. The study investigated how families decide to restrict smoking in the home, who has significant influence in the decision-making process, the kinds of disagreements families have about household smoking restrictions, and reasons some families never consider household smoking policies. These findings have implications for designing intervention strategies and messages to promote household smoking bans and help family members negotiate smoke-free homes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans / education
  • African Americans / psychology
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child
  • Decision Making*
  • Family Characteristics*
  • Family Relations*
  • Female
  • Georgia
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Parents / education
  • Parents / psychology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Rural Health
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Control, Informal
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
  • Whites / education
  • Whites / psychology


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution