TABLE 4

US Adults’ Attitudes and Practices Regarding Smoking Restrictions and Child Exposure to ETS by Smoking Status and Year

Smokers (N = 3544; % Who Agree)Nonsmokers (N = 1031; % Who Agree)All Respondents (N = 4575; % Who Agree)
200020012000200120002001
Knowledge about ETS
 Inhaling smoke from a parent’s cigarette harms infants and children86.689.595.996.793.895.1
 Children are more likely to smoke if their parents are smokers62.270.983.286.7*78.183.3
 Tobacco companies are being truthful when they say that second-hand smoke is not harmful to health8.88.72.03.13.64.3
Presence of smoking bans
 Household smoking ban28.530.282.186.369.174.1
 Smoking is never allowed in front of children56.962.291.994.883.587.9
 Smoke-free indoor shopping malls80.685.173.574.575.477.0
 Smoke-free convenience stores72.581.266.971.2*68.573.6
 Smoke-free fast food restaurants55.462.351.056.5*52.157.8*
 Smoke-free restaurants21.127.125.628.4*24.528.1
 Smoke-free indoor sporting events85.687.978.279.980.281.7
 Smoke-free outdoor parks6.08.18.67.97.97.9
Support for smoking bans
 Smoking should not be allowed in child care centers95.397.9*98.398.997.798.7*
 It is unacceptable for parents to smoke in front of children54.353.685.086.177.779.3
 Smoking should not be allowed in hospitals52.968.181.188.374.383.9
 Smoking should not be allowed in indoor shopping malls53.260.077.379.571.475.3
 Smoking should not be allowed in convenience stores74.980.390.088.786.386.9
 Smoking should not be allowed in fast-food restaurants58.261.082.785.276.880.0
 Smoking should not be allowed in restaurants32.732.270.169.561.061.4
 Smoking should not be allowed in indoor sporting events64.569.5*81.683.577.580.4
 Smoking should not be allowed in outdoor parks8.910.030.229.525.025.2
  • * Significant changes from 2000–2001 (P < .05), controlling for region, gender, race, age, education, rural/urban residence, and smoking status.

  • Significant changes from 2000–2001 (P < .01), controlling for region, gender, race, age, education, rural/urban residence, and smoking status.

  • Significant changes from 2000–2001 (P < .001), controlling for region, gender, race, age, education, rural/urban residence, and smoking status.