The impact of household smoking on child tobacco use, attitudes and knowledge

Terrell W. Zollinger, Robert M. Saywell, Carolyn M. Muegge, Lora J. Bogda, J. Scott Wooldridge, Sandra F. Cummings

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This study examines the impact of living in a home with smokers on children's attitudes, knowledge and use of tobacco. Methods: 8,158 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students were surveyed. Results: Most resided in homes with at least one smoker. Children residing with smokers were three times as likely to be currently smoking; four times as likely to be frequently smoking; two times as likely to have friends who smoke; four times as likely to say they started smoking because 'family members smoked'; and 3.8 times as likely to worry about the effects of smoking on their family and friends. Non-smoking children from smoking households were 2.7 times as likely to say they will probably start smoking within one year. Conclusion: Living in a home with others who smoke has a significant adverse impact on a child's smoking. Parents and siblings giving anti-smoking messages would improve the effectiveness of tobacco control programmes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)45-50
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Health Promotion and Education
    Volume43
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

    Keywords

    • Attitudes
    • Children
    • Environment
    • Smoking

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Zollinger, T. W., Saywell, R. M., Muegge, C. M., Bogda, L. J., Wooldridge, J. S., & Cummings, S. F. (2005). The impact of household smoking on child tobacco use, attitudes and knowledge. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 43(2), 45-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/14635240.2005.10708038