Lead Investigators: Professor Graham Moore; Doctor Jo Holliday
In order to protect children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke (SHS) in cars, the Welsh Government has launched the three-year Fresh Start Wales campaign, which calls on parents and other carers to pledge to keep their cars smoke free and thereby protect their children from the health risks associated with SHS in a confined space.
The Welsh Government has stated that it will consider pursuing a ban on smoking in cars carrying children if children’s exposure to SHS in cars does not start to fall within three years. To help inform this decision, DECIPHer have been commissioned by the Welsh Government to assess changes in children’s exposure and attitudes to SHS in cars since 2008.
Aims and Objectives
To investigate the effect of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places on the exposure of primary school children to secondhand smoke. To study change in secondhand smoke exposure amongst children who live in households with other smokers. To study children’s exposure to smoking, children’s perception of smoking as a normative behaviour, and primarily, exposure to second-hand smoke.
Cross-sectional survey of year 6 (10-11 years old) children in Welsh primary schools. Data to be linked to 2008 data from the original CHETS survey to form a repeated cross sectional study.
Further information & publications
Moore G, Moore L, Littlecott H, Ahmed N, Lewis S, Sulley G, Jones E, Holliday J Prevalence of smoking restrictions and child exposure to secondhand smoke in cars and homes: a repeated cross-sectional survey of children aged 10–11 years in Wales BMJ Open2015, 5: e006914
Moore G, Moore L, Ahmed N, Littlecott H, Lewis S, Sulley G, Jones E, Holliday J. ‘Exposure to secondhand smoke in cars and e-cigarette use among 10-11 year old children in Wales: CHETS Wales 2’ Research report, December 2014, Welsh Government.
Moore G, Moore L, Ahmed N, Littlecott H, Holliday J. ‘Exposure to secondhand smoke in cars and e-cigarette use among 10-11 year old children in Wales: CHETS Wales 2 key findings report’ Research report, July 2014, Welsh Government.