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Media and Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Results From a National Survey

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Objectives: To investigate whether associations between anti-secondhand smoke (SHS) media, social cognitions about SHS, and home restrictions on smoking follow patterns observed in smoking behavior. Methods: Based on a nationally representative sample of 2348 US adults drawn from the American Legacy Foundation's American Smoking and Health Survey, we tested relationships among scales of anti-SHS media, social cognitions, and home restrictions. Results: We found anti-SHS media and SHS cognitions, as well as social cognitions and home restrictions, to be significantly associated. Social cognitions mediated the relationship between anti-SHS media and home restrictions. Conclusions: Previously observed relationships between media, social cognitions, and smoking also exist for SHS. Anti-SHS media campaigns to increase home restrictions may help to reduce SHS exposure.
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Keywords: home restrictions; media; secondhand smoke; social cognition

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: American Legacy Foundation, Washington, DC. 2: RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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