Women are the major victims of second-hand smoke at home, but the sources vary: from their fathers during childhood, from their husbands after married and from their sons when they get older, a nationwide survey showed.
According to the 2010 Adult Smoking Behavior Survey of Bureau of Health Promotion, 20.3% of females are exposed to second-hand smoke at home with 85% of them coming from their fathers.
The survey pointed out, for those between 18 and 24 years old, the main source of second-hand smoke is their fathers; from 25 to 55 years old, it is their husbands; and after 55, it becomes their sons.
“While 96% of women do not smoke, women are inhaling 4 to 5 times a week more second-hand smoke at home (20.3%) than in the workplace (4.7%) or smoke-free public place (5.5%),” said Shu-Ti Chiu (邱淑媞), Director-General of the Bureau, adding that male smokers had fatal attraction, by increasing women’s risk of cancers, heart diseases and stroke caused by second-hand smoke.
Last month, a survey of 11-18-year-olds revealed that approximately 20.4% of the group were exposed to second-hand smoke at home in the previous month and that their fathers were the main source of the smoke in more than 70% of the cases.