Table 2

Key primary study findings for the expert panels to consider

1. Passive smoking was a well recognised term but people had varied understandings of the risks of SHS, with a few rejecting evidence of such risks. Children were generally perceived as vulnerable to the effects of SHS.

2. Most reported they restricted smoking in their homes but this varied in extent and likely effectiveness. Spatial, health, relational and aesthetic factors were influential with a key consideration being protecting children and grandchildren.

3. Other important underlying factors were: the meaning of the home as somewhere private, social identity (being hospitable and not anti-smoker), and moral identity (being a caring parent or grandparent).

4. There are more reported restrictions on smoking in their cars, which is seen as being a more confined space.

5. People had diverse views on the Scottish smoke-free legislation. Few thought it had influenced their home restrictions or smoking in the home.

6. Awareness of the risks of SHS, despite ambivalence about health messages and the fluidity of smoking restrictions, provide clear opportunities for public health initiatives

Ritchie et al. BMC Public Health 2009 9:112   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-112

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