The study appears in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Chronic Disease.
The survey was done among 3 805 school-going teenagers in the US state of North Carolina ‘ a tobacco-growing state notorious for its low tax and slack regulations around smoking.
“It’s very clear, that teens and youth want to eliminate smoking in indoor and outdoor places,” said study co-author Leah Ranney, associate director at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Programme.
“They’re aware of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure, and they understand the benefits of smoke-free policies,” Ranney said in a HealthDay News report.
Among the students, 86 percent supported never allowing smoking in indoor workplaces. The numbers for other places were: homes (84 percent), vehicles (82 percent), indoor public places (79 percent) and outdoor public places (63 percent).
Support for restrictions was slightly lower for high school students overall, and lowest for student smokers who did not want to quit. Among this group, 64 percent said smoking should never be allowed in homes. The numbers for other places were: vehicles (37 percent), indoor workplaces (61 percent), indoor public places (59 percent) and outdoor public places (30 percent).
Source: HealthDay News