CHETS II: Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke in ‘private’ spaces
DECIPHer has worked closely with the Welsh Government on reducing the harm caused to children by secondhand tobacco smoke.
Wales was the first UK country to propose legislation against smoking in public places, and in 2007, banned smoking in public spaces such as bars and restaurants. Smoke-free legislation faced opposition from campaigners arguing for the right to smoke. They claimed that legislation would harm children, as parents would smoke at home instead. Surveys conducted by DECIPHer in the Childhood Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (CHETS) study showed that this was unfounded. Instead, children’s exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (also known as ‘passive smoking’) fell.