Where do teens smoke?

Smoking locations of adolescents in Europe in relation to smoking bans in bars, schools and homes

Naomi A. Lagerweij, Anton E. Kunst, Nora Mélard, Arja Rimpelä, Joana Alves, Laura Hoffmann, Matthias Richter, Mirte A.G. Kuipers

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This study aimed to assess where European adolescents smoke. Data of 2,140 13-19-year-olds from 55 secondary schools in seven European cities was analysed using multilevel logistic regression analyses. Adolescents most often reported regularly smoking in ‘other public locations (e.g., streets and parks)’ (69%) and friends’ homes (50%). Adolescents were less likely to smoke in bars, at school or at home when exposed to strong smoking bans at these locations. Bans on smoking in bars or at home were associated with regular smoking in other public locations, suggesting that smoking may have displaced towards these locations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102213
JournalHealth and Place
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019



  • Adolescent
  • Europe
  • Smoking ban
  • Smoking location
  • Tobacco use

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