Tobacco control

Young people’s perceptions of their parents’ attitudes and rules about smoking. In Fact

4 Jun 2014

Young people’s perceptions of parental attitudes and rules about smoking are associated with youth smoking, and these perceptions may be an even stronger influence on youth smoking than parental smoking behaviour. Participants in the Health Promotion Agency’s (HPA’s) Youth Insights Survey (YIS) were asked to ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’, or to indicate ‘don’t know’ in response to the following statements:

  • My parents or caregivers would be upset if I was caught smoking cigarettes/tobacco.
  • My parents or caregivers have set rules with me about not smoking cigarettes/tobacco.