Tobacco & Nicotine
Smokefree Community Policies Promote Home Smoking Bans: Unknown Mechanisms and Opportunities for Preventive MedicineStudies by Mills and colleagues1 and Cheng and colleagues2 in this issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine have added to the empirical foundation for secondhand smoke exposure (SHSe) reduction through public policies and rules in private homes.3 Each study employed population-based samples to address questions concerning the beneficial and unintended effects of policies and social processes on home bans, suggesting external validity.
A Second Reporter Matters: Agreement Between Parents' and Children's Reports of Smoking Bans in FamiliesHome and car smoking bans implemented by caregivers are important approaches to reducing children's secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and attendant health risks. Such private smoking bans are usually informal and are subject to individuals' interpretation, observation, and recall. Relying on a single reporter may lead to misclassification of bans in families.