Smoking in the home: changing attitudes and current practices

Am J Public Health. 1998 May;88(5):797-800. doi: 10.2105/ajph.88.5.797.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / prevention & control
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Ontario / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking / trends
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution