Smoking bans do not help smokers quit smoking as rules governing enclosed public places do not inspire enough of them to smoke less behind their own homes or maybe even quit altogether, revealed a study at Concordia University.
Researcher Sylvia Kairouz said, "What distinguishes people who restrict smoking at home is the presence of a non-smoker. The social network seems to be more of a factor than the law. The popular belief is that opening windows or doors to blow out smoke makes it okay, when that's not the case. People might be sensitive to the issues, but there was a lack of information about how the effects of second-hand smoke are transmitted."
Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves. Kairouz said, "There needs to be an integrated approach of ecological measures along with taxation, prevention and information, but one of the most important components is to have public health services available for people who are trying to quit."
The study has been published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.