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Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep;104 Suppl 4:S572-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301975.

Battling tobacco use at home: an analysis of smoke-free home rules among U.S. veterans from 2001 to 2011.

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Xiao Zhang and Ana P. Martinez-Donate are with the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jessica Cook, Megan E. Piper, and Kristin Berg are with the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. Nathan R. Jones is with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined national trends in smoke-free home rules among U.S. veterans and nonveterans.

METHODS:

We used data from the 2001-2002 and 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey to estimate and compare the existence of smoke-free home rules among veterans and nonveterans for each survey period.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of a complete smoke-free home rule among veterans increased from 64.0% to 79.7% between 2001 and 2011 (P < .01) but was consistently lower than were rates estimated for nonveterans (67.6% and 84.4%, respectively). Disparities between the 2 groups increased significantly over time (P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite the general increase in the adoption of smoke-free home rules, veterans lag behind the rest of the U.S. population. Interventions promoting the adoption of complete smoke-free home rules are necessary to protect veterans and their families and to reduce disparities.

PMID:
25100423
PMCID:
PMC4151893
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2014.301975
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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