The Situation of Smoke-Free Homesand Father's Smoking Behaviors

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Siriwan Pitayarangsarit
Benjawan Danpradit
Sironee Tohsan
Chawala Pawaphutanondh Na Mahasarakham


This study aimed to 1) evaluate the transition rate of the level of second-hand smoke at home in populations of Thailand between 2007-2011, 2) to study smoking behavior of father, 3) identify problems and effects from the smoking at home from fathers’ perspectives, and 4) to describe fathers’ attitude and need to prevent and resolve effects from the second-hand smoke in home. This quantitative research used secondary data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, Thailand country report in 2009 and 2012 and the Smoking and Alcohol Drinking Behavior Survey in 2007 and 2011. Also, the researchers used a primary data from the father smoking survey. Data were collected by questionnaire interview with403 smoking dad who have a child aged not more than 10 year olds. Samples were selected from Bangkok with a stratified multi-stage sampling. The results from national surveys found that in the year 2011, about 36-40 percent of populations aged 15 years and above exposed to second-hand smoke at home at least once a month and 80 percent of smokers smoked at home. The father survey found that two third (68.2%) of fathers smoked at home, mostly in front of fence, at the terrace and the rest room. Smoking dads had concerns on their health (55.4%), concerns on child’s health (45.8%),and about smoking imitation in child (52.1%). 54.6 percent of smoking dad had thought to quit smoking with the reasons from their health problems and their child’s and couple’s health problems, respectively. Fifty-six agreed with the smoke-free home campaign. So, campaign for smoke free home and integration in child health clinic are important for child health and quit smoking of caregivers.

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