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The adverse effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) have been documented extensively.1 Homes are a major source of ETS exposure, particularly those with smokers. Exposure can be reduced by banning smoking inside homes.2–4 Despite having one of the highest smoking rates among men worldwide,5 little is known about home smoking policies in the Republic of Korea. This study examined the prevalence of home smoking bans in Seoul and their association with ETS exposure at home.
In 2002, telephone interviews were completed with 500 Seoul residents aged 18 years or older, using random digit dialling and stratification by gender. A total of 50% of eligible respondents were interviewed. Respondents indicated whether no one is allowed to smoke in your home; only special guests are allowed to smoke; people are allowed to smoke only in certain areas; or people allowed to smoke anywhere. Respondents were classified as smokers if they had smoked 100 or more cigarettes and …
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