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Abstract: Objective: to assess knowledge, attitudes and behaviours about environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in cars and homes in Queensland. Method: 1,026 randomly selected Queensland residents (84% response) participated in a computer assisted telephone survey to assess knowledge, attitudes and behaviours about ETS in cars and homes; and attitudes towards restrictions on smoking in a range of contexts. Results: Most respondents are aware of the negative health effects of ETS and have smoking bans in their cars (75.8%) and homes (76.8%), however bans are less prevalent for smokers (cars: 37.9%; homes: 51%; p=0.000). For cars/homes, most smokers who did not have smoking bans would not smoke at all around pregnant women (67.7%/53.7%); fewer would refrain for children 12 years (48.2%/35.1%); non-smoking adults (31.3%/17.9%); and children 13-17 years (30.9%/21.2%). Parent smokers are less likely to not smoke at all around children 2years (p=0.000) compared to non-parent smokers. Most respondents support car/ home smoking bans for children 12 years (80.5%/66.1%); children 13-17 years (78.2%/64.7%); and pregnant women (80.5%/67%). Conclusions: There is strong community support for legislation targeting ETS in cars and homes, however this varies by context, smoking and parental status.

To cite this article: Dunn, Jeff; Greenbank, Susan; McDowell, Michelle; Mahoney, Catherine; Mazerolle, Paul; Occhipinti, Stefano and Steginga, Suzanne. Community Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours about Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Homes and Cars [online]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 19, No. 2, Aug 2008: 113-117. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=040011657095510;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-1073. [cited 30 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Dunn, Jeff; Greenbank, Susan; McDowell, Michelle; Mahoney, Catherine; Mazerolle, Paul; Occhipinti, Stefano; Steginga, Suzanne; Source: Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 19, No. 2, Aug 2008: 113-117 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-1073 Subject: Indoor air pollution; Cigarette smokers--Attitudes; Smoking--Law and legislation; Passive smoking--Health aspects; Passive smoking--Law and legislation; Tobacco smoke pollution--Health aspects; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Programs and Research, The Cancer Council Queensland, PO Box 201, Spring Hill Queensland 4004, email: suzannesteginga@cancerqld.org.au, fax: (07) 32582310

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