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Home smoking policy and environmental tobacco smoke exposure among Koreans in Seoul
  1. S C Hughes1,
  2. M F Hovell1,
  3. C R Hofstetter1,2,
  4. V L Irvin1,
  5. H R Park3,
  6. H Y Paik4
  1. 1
    Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA
  2. 2
    Department of Political Science, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA
  3. 3
    Department of Food and Nutrition, Myongji University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  4. 4
    Research Institute of Human Ecology, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  1. S C Hughes, 9245 Sky Park Court, Suite 230, San Diego, CA 92123; shughes{at}

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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.24 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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  • Funding: This work was supported by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) and intramural support from the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, San Diego State University Research Foundation. Data for this research were collected using funds from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Grant Number 9RT-0073 to CRH.

  • Competing interests: None.