• Smoke-free homes reduce adults’ and children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Smoke-free homes protect adults and children who are especially vulnerable to second-hand smoke, for example those with asthma (or adults with heart disease or chronic lung disease).
  • Teenagers of non-smoking parents who live in homes where smoking is allowed are more likely to start smoking than those who live in homes where smoking is prohibited.
  • Smokers living in smoke-free homes smoke fewer cigarettes per day.
  • Smoke-free homes help quitters remain abstinent longer.
  • A smoke-free home policy is a clear message that smoking is unacceptable.

A smoke-free home, in which no one is allowed to smoke inside the house at any time under any circumstances, is more effective in protecting children from exposure to second-hand smoke than are partial restrictions. Smoking by the window, or in the doorway, does not make the home smoke-free.

Additional reduction of exposure to second-hand smoke is achievable by not smoking in cars and other private vehicles when children and non-smokers are present. High concentrations of second-hand smoke have been detected in cars when smoking takes place, and opening the car’s windows is not effective in eliminating exposure to second-hand smoke. In 2014, England approved a policy banning smoking in private vehicles when children are passengers. This law will go into effect in about a year. A similar policy project is in the pipeline in Ireland and other countries are expected to follow.