Home-based Settings

Home-based interventions attempt to help prevent the start of tobacco use or promote quitting tobacco use. For example, through interaction with children, parents and families can help to prevent the onset of tobacco use through education and rules that discourage smoking or use of other tobacco products. Likewise, the family is a useful source of social support for living tobacco-free.

Previous work in home-based settings has found:

  • Given the evidence for the efficacy of home-based programs in improving parenting skills of low-income parents of preschool children, a home-based tobacco education program may be the most developmentally appropriate and ecologically valid method of delivering health education to low-income, inner-city families.
  • Intervention strategies in home-based settings often emphasize parent/family involvement recommending participation in activities together (e.g., homework assignments, special classes for parents while children are in classes, support groups for parents).
  • Home-based programs are particularly pertinent to community members who are unable to access education classes offered in the community (i.e., individuals with physical disability, limited mobility, no access to transportation, etc).
  • The Internet is becoming an increasingly popular setting to provide health information for those living in rural areas with limited reach and availability of programs, as well as those who are homebound.
  • At home and in some of the other settings, intervention strategies often emphasize emotional support (encouragement for living tobacco-free and dealing with the challenges) alone or in addition to these other forms of support.

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