Tobacco control

Acceptability of smoking around other people. In Fact

18 Feb 2011

There are a number of potential benefits in implementing restrictions on smoking in places where other people, particularly children, might be affected. This includes reductions in:

  • exposure to second-hand smoke
  • role modeling of smoking
  • the extent to which smoking is seen as normal and acceptable.

However, because smoking restrictions in public places and in cars affect a large number of people, it is important to gauge public opinion around allowing smoking in these places. To help establish this information, people were asked a series of questions in the Health Sponsorship Council’s (HSC’s) 2008 Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS). This Fact Sheets explores the results to these questions as given by the data from the HLS.