Tobacco Use Cessation Among Quitline Callers Who Implemented Complete Home Smoking Bans During the Quitting Process

Alesia M. Jung, MS; Nicholas Schweers; Melanie L. Bell, PhD; Uma Nair, PhD; Nicole P. Yuan, PhD, MPH


Prev Chronic Dis. 2017;14(10):e105 

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Abstract and Introduction


Introduction The implementation of a home smoking ban (HSB) is associated with tobacco use cessation. We identified which quitline callers were most likely to report 30-day cessation among those who implemented complete HSBs after enrollment.

Methods Our sample consisted of callers to the Arizona Smokers' Helpline who enrolled from January 1, 2011, through July 26, 2015, and who reported no HSB at enrollment and a complete HSB by 7-month follow-up. We used logistic regression to estimate associations between no use of tobacco in the previous 30 days (30-day quit) at 7-month follow-up and demographic characteristics, health conditions, tobacco use, and cessation strategies.

Results At 7-month follow-up, 65.4% of 399 callers who implemented a complete HSB reported 30-day quit. Lower odds of tobacco use cessation were associated with having a chronic health condition (odds ratio [OR], 0.31; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.18–0.56) and living with other smokers (OR, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.29–0.73). Higher odds of tobacco cessation were associated with completing 5 or more telephone coaching sessions (OR, 2.48; 95% CI, 1.54–3.98) and having confidence to quit (OR, 2.05; 95% CI, 1.05–3.99). However, confidence to quit was not significant in the sensitivity analysis.

Conclusion Implementing an HSB after enrolling in quitline services increases the likelihood of cessation among some tobacco users. Individuals with complete HSBs were more likely to quit if they did not have a chronic health condition, did not live with another smoker, and were actively engaged in coaching services. These findings may be used by quitlines to develop HSB intervention protocols primarily targeting tobacco users most likely to benefit from them.


Home smoking bans (HSBs) are household rules that restrict smoking from certain areas (partial HSB) or all areas (complete HSB).[1] Implementing HSBs may facilitate changes in smoking behavior by limiting exposure to smoking cues from household members and visitors who smoke.[2] Implementing any type of HSB is associated with tobacco use cessation.[2–4] However, complete HSBs are a more effective cessation strategy than partial HSBs,[5] which present challenges in enforcing smoking restrictions.[6]

In the United States, quitlines provide evidence-based cessation services to residents of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, reaching diverse populations, including those from underserved and vulnerable communities.[7,8] Because success rates of cessation strategies vary among individuals,[9] quitlines seek to expand the diversity of cessation services and tailor them to specific groups of smokers to optimize service delivery and improve quit rates.[10] One area that has received little attention is the use of HSB interventions by quitlines. Identifying callers who are most likely to benefit from HSB interventions and quit tobacco use may inform the development of quitline protocols for HSB interventions for specific groups of tobacco users. The objective of our study was to describe predictors of tobacco use cessation among a sample of adults who implemented a complete HSB after enrolling in services from the Arizona Smokers' Helpline (ASHLine).