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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||International Journal of Health Promotion and Education|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health