Tob Control doi:10.1136/tc.2008.025478
  • Brief report

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

  1. Alison Albers1,
  2. Lois Biener2,
  3. Michael Siegel1,
  4. Debbie Cheng3,
  5. Nancy A Rigotti4
  1. 1 Boston University School of Public Health, United States;
  2. 2 University of Massachusetts Boston, United States;
  3. 3 Boston University, United States;
  4. 4 Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
  1. E-mail: alisonalbers{at}
  • Received 18 March 2008
  • Accepted 7 January 2009
  • Published Online First 23 January 2009


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 analyzed data on 693 youths from a four-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 two years prior to the outcome. Generalized 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, 6.19-26.04). Other independent predictors included moving into a school or college residence (odds ratio [OR] = 3.88, 95% CI 1.87-8.05), and not living with smokers at follow-up (odds ratio [OR] = 3.91, 95% CI 1.93-7.92).

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


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