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Home smoking restrictions among Koreans in Seoul.

Authors
  • Hughes, Suzanne C
  • Corcos, Isabel A
  • Hofstetter, C Richard
  • Hovell, Melbourne F
  • Irvin, Veronica L
  • Park, Hae Ryun
  • Paik, Hee Young
  • Ding, Ding M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Asia-Pacific journal of public health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
21
Issue
1
Pages
63–70
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1010539508327029
PMID: 19124337
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The prevalence and correlates of home smoking bans in the Republic of Korea were examined using population-based data from telephone interviews with 500 Seoul adult residents in 2002. Most (97%) respondents indicated that they smoked, or that their spouse, other family member, or a regular friend smoked. Nearly all indicated that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is harmful. Only 19% of homes banned smoking, 65% allowed smoking anywhere, and 16% allowed smoking by special guests or in certain areas. The odds of having a full ban were significantly greater for men, married individuals, those less than 35 years or more than 50 years of age, non-smokers, individuals whose nonspouse family members did not smoke, and individuals with more sources of anti-ETS messages. Home smoking bans should be promoted by media campaigns and other tobacco control activities, because knowledge of the effects of ETS was already high.

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