SFHN Research Studies

Members of the SFHN are involved in a variety of research projects on second-hand smoke and related issues. 

MyFamily MySmoke

Male smoking is high in Malaysia with nearly 50% of men (but less than 2%of women) smoking. We are carrying out work to better understand and involve men in creating smoke-free homes, use air quality feedback as a tool to generate case studies for a media and social media awareness raising campaign, and create a Malaysian Smoke-Free Homes Network to help deliver this.

Protecting those who care for us

This project is exploring home health care workers’ exposure to second-hand smoke. As one of the last groups of workers not protected from second-hand smoke exposure in the work environment, this group may experience significant exposure in clients’ homes. In this study, we will investigate the number of workers affected by this issue, the extent to which they are exposed to second-hand smoke and the policies currently in place to protect them. This project is funded by the Colt Foundation.


Fathers who smoke & smoke-free homes

This Cancer Research UK-funded qualitative study is being led by the University of Stirling, in conjunction with the Universities of Edinburgh and British Columbia. It explores fathers’ views and experiences of creating and maintaining a smoke-free home. Findings from this study (which ends in February 2020) will be used to inform the development of a household-level, rather than mother-led, smoke-free homes intervention. 


Using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) as a harm reduction approach to reducing smoking in the home

Researchers at the University of Stirling and Edinburgh have been exploring parents and carers’ experiences of using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) as a means of reducing smoking in the home. Full results of the study are forthcoming. This work has been funded by NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government.    

TackSHS WP4: Measuring for Change

As part of a major EU-funded research collaboration, researchers at the University of Stirling conducted a multi-centre trial of an innovative air quality feedback intervention using internet-connected monitors to deliver up-to-date information on air quality in homes to participants. Full results of this study are forthcoming.

First Steps 2 Smoke Free

A partnership between the University of Aberdeen and NHS Lanarkshire, First Steps 2 Smoke Free involved a large-scale randomised controlled trial of the air quality intervention developed during the REFRESH project.



AFRESH was a project at the University of Aberdeen to develop new techniques and strategies for developing effective air quality feedback interventions, by engaging with healthcare professionals and clients to develop a behavioural model for the intervention and to develop new ways to deliver air quality information to clients. The project also focused on making the intervention simpler for healthcare professionals, by developing new software and documentation.



Reducing Families’ Exposure to Second-hand Smoke in the Home (REFRESH) was a partnership project between the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and ASH Scotland. Between 2010 and 2014 the study engaged with healthcare professionals, policymakers and members of the public to find and encourage best practice on second-hand smoke. 

One key strand of the work involved a pilot study on the use of air quality monitoring to provide feedback to parents who smoke, in order to give them a better understanding of the effects of smoking in the home on the air and on their children.


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