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Tob Control. 2009 Jun;18(3):245-8. doi: 10.1136/tc.2008.025478. Epub 2009 Jan 23.

Impact of parental home smoking policies on policy choices of independently living young adults.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. aalbers@bu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether adolescents living in parental homes where smoking is banned are more likely to move into smoke-free living quarters when they leave home.

METHODS:

We analysed data on 693 youths from a 4-year, three-wave prospective study of a representative sample of Massachusetts adolescents (aged 12-17). All youths resided in independent living quarters at follow-up. The primary outcome was presence of a smoking ban in the living quarters at follow-up. The primary predictor was presence of a household smoking ban in the parental home, assessed 2 years before the outcome. Generalised linear mixed effects models examined the effect of a parental household smoking ban on the odds of moving into smoke-free living quarters at follow-up overall and stratified by smoking status at follow-up.

RESULTS:

Youths leaving home had much higher odds of moving to smoke-free living quarters if their parental household had had a smoking ban (odds ratio (OR) = 12.70, 95% CI, 6.19 to 26.04). Other independent predictors included moving into a school or college residence (OR = 3.88, 95% CI 1.87 to 8.05), and not living with smokers at follow-up (OR = 3.91, 95% CI 1.93 to 7.92).

CONCLUSIONS:

A household smoking ban in the parental home appears to lead youths to prefer smoke-free living quarters once they leave home.

PMID:
19168475
PMCID:
PMC2745930
DOI:
10.1136/tc.2008.025478
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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