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

Stine Glenstrup, Lotus Sofie Bast, Dina Danielsen, Anette Andersen, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number386
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6. Jan 2021


  • School smoking ban
  • Smoke-free places
  • Smoking
  • Social practice
  • Youth


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