Promoting Smoke-Free Environments: The Impact of Thirdhand Smoke Awareness on Smoking Bans at Home

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Health Systems Science Division, Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham University, Muang, Maha Sarakham, Thailand.

2 Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham University, Muang, Maha Sarakham, Thailand.

3 Maha Sarakham Provincial Public Health Office. Maha Sarakham province. Thailand.


Objective: A creating smoke-free home is a way to protect a vulnerable group from being exposed to secondhand smoke in the home, such as children, infants, and non-smokers. Studies reported an intervention for promoting a smoke-free home by using secondhand smoke messages and smoking cessation messages. However, the thirdhand smoke (THS) message has rarely been found. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the prevalence and correlations of smoking bans in homes. Methods: Secondary data from a community-based cross-sectional design survey was used for this study. Smoking ban status was defined as a smoking ban or no smoking ban. We used multiple logistic regression to test the association between factors and smoking ban status. An adjusted odd ratio and 95% confidence interval were reported. Results: Of the 882 participants included in this analysis, 38.66% (95%CI: 35.43, 41.97) had a smoking ban at home. A multiple logistic regression analysis showed that participants who believe that secondhand or THS harms children had a greater correlation with developing a smoking ban in the home compared with those who did not believe (odd ratio: 3.94, 95% confidence interval: 2.35, 6.60 and odd ratio:4.22, 95% confidence interval:2.6, 6.86, respectively). Conclusion: This study found that the belief that thirdhand smoke and secondhand smoke exposure harm children. The smoke-free home message’s relevance to the harms of thirdhand smoke exposure should be adapted to be promoted, especially in homes.


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