Developing a brief measure of smoking in the home: description and preliminary evaluation

Addict Behav. 1998 Jul-Aug;23(4):567-71. doi: 10.1016/s0306-4603(98)00008-2.


We describe a self-report measure of household smoking exposure and its relationship to ambient nicotine levels as measured by a passive nicotine monitor. Thirty-nine participants placed a passive nicotine monitor in their home for a 7-day period and completed a retrospective household smoking questionnaire. The composite index from the household smoking questionnaire was strongly correlated with air nicotine concentration (r = .74, p < .01). The household smoking questionnaire appears to be a convenient low-response cost method of assessing indoor smoke exposure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nicotine / adverse effects
  • Nicotine / analysis*
  • Risk Factors
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Nicotine