Research Evidence for Action to Create Smoke Free Homes (REACH)

Research Evidence for Action to Create Smoke Free Homes (REACH)

REACH Collaborators: Prof Jude Robinson, University of Liverpool, Dr Laura Jones, University of Birmingham, Dr Jo Longman, University Centre for Rural Health, A/Prof Megan Passey, University Centre for Rural Health.

For children, the primary source of second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure is their home. Nearly 45 percent of rural households with children contain a smoker, and around 50,000 rural households with children contain someone who smokes inside the home daily. The best way to reduce this SHS exposure would be for household members and/or visitors to quit smoking. For those unable or unwilling to quit, the next best option is making homes completely smoke-free

In 2014, the REACH team undertook a systematic review and qualitative synthesis of the published research evidence on caregivers’ perspectives of the barriers and enablers to establishing and maintaining smoke-free homes, and we published a paper based on the 1990-2014 global literature (22 articles) in BMJ Open in 2016.

Rachel Heah and Jude Robinson updated the searches and the review to July 2017, and added a further 13 articles to the review. We are currently writing further papers to include the updated findings and to discuss some findings in more detail.

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