Objectives: Trends in attitudes and current practices concerning smoking in the home were examined.
Methods: Data from population-based surveys of adults in Ontario, Canada, were analyzed.
Results: Between 1992 and 1996, the percentage of respondents who agreed that parents spending time at home with small children should not smoke increased from 51% to 70%. In 1996, 34% of the homes surveyed were smoke-free. Smoke-free homes were associated with nonsmoking respondents and with the presence of children and no daily smokers in the home. Only 20% of homes with children and any daily smokers were smoke-free.
Conclusions: Efforts are needed to assist parents in reducing children's exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in the home.