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Total Smoking Ban may prove Effective

By jeremyc | December 31, 2013

According to researchers of a new study, policies that ban private as well as public smoking may be effective in motivating smokers to quit the habit altogether. The results of this particular study suggest the importance of banning smoking both inside as well as outside home, according to its authors.

The study was led by Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, who is a professor and the Chief of the Division of Global Health, University of California San Diego Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. “When there’s a total smoking ban in the home, we found that smokers are more likely to reduce tobacco consumption and attempt to quit than when they’re allowed to smoke in some parts of the house,” said Dr. Al-Delaimy when announcing the study results.

Currently, the State of California has one of the strictest anti-smoking laws in the country and is referred to ‘America’s Non-Smoking Section’, according to the study’s authors. In 1994, it was the first state to ban smoking in almost all workplaces and in indoor public spaces.

For this study, the team of researchers conducted a telephonic survey of 1718 active smokers who also took part in the 2011 California longitudinal smokers survey or CLSS. This study itself was a follow-up of the 2009 California health survey.

On analyzing the survey results, the researchers found that a total smoke ban at home was much more effective in tobacco consumption reduction than a smoke ban on just a few rooms. It also improved motivation to quit and change the behavior of smokers over the age of 65 years and female smokers. A surprisingly trend seen was that the total ban was more effective in homes where there were no children. According to the researchers, this may be due to the differences in goals of quitting smoking altogether versus just protecting children from secondhand smoke exposure.

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