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Places to Smoke: Exploring Smoking-Related Practices among Danish Adolescents

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Danish National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Studiestræde 6, 1455 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Hedeager 3, 2. sal, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 386; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020386
Received: 16 November 2020 / Revised: 22 December 2020 / Accepted: 25 December 2020 / Published: 6 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Adolescents)
Several established school smoking prevention initiatives involve restrictions on places to smoke. The focus on tobacco control in schools is due to the risk of smoking initiation during adolescence and the perception of this life stage as a period of time when health behavior is established. Hence, this period of time is considered to be ideal for health-promoting initiatives. This paper is part of an ethnographic study on adolescents’ perceptions of tobacco use. Focus groups and field observations were used to explore adolescents’ smoking-related practices related to smoking bans at schools. The findings show that smoking, as a place-based practice, is influenced by locally embedded rules and carries social implications resulting in a distinction between smokers and non-smokers. The distinction between smokers and non-smokers contributes to the retention of a stereotypical view of smokers and, moreover, stigmatizes smokers. According to this, restrictions on places to smoke within the school should be considered carefully in order to avoid stigma or ethical issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: school smoking ban; social practice; smoking; youth; smoke-free places school smoking ban; social practice; smoking; youth; smoke-free places
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Glenstrup, S.; Bast, L.S.; Danielsen, D.; Andersen, A.; Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, T. Places to Smoke: Exploring Smoking-Related Practices among Danish Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 386. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020386

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Glenstrup S, Bast LS, Danielsen D, Andersen A, Tjørnhøj-Thomsen T. Places to Smoke: Exploring Smoking-Related Practices among Danish Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):386. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020386

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Glenstrup, Stine, Lotus S. Bast, Dina Danielsen, Anette Andersen, and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen. 2021. "Places to Smoke: Exploring Smoking-Related Practices among Danish Adolescents" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 2: 386. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020386

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