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dc.contributor.authorBain, Josh-
dc.contributor.authorWeishaar, Heide-
dc.contributor.authorSemple, Sean-
dc.contributor.authorDuffy, Sheila-
dc.contributor.authorHilton, Shona-
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-14T23:46:37Z-
dc.date.available2018-04-14T23:46:37Z-
dc.date.issued2017-11-01-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26900-
dc.description.abstractFollowing restrictions on smoking in vehicles carrying children in several countries, legislation to safeguard minors from second-hand smoke exposure in vehicles is under-consideration or has been implemented across the United Kingdom. This article presents the first investigation into social constructions of children, smokers and smoking parents in newsprint media and coverage of debates about protecting children from exposure to second-hand smoke in vehicles. Using Scotland as an example, articles on children’s exposure to second-hand smoke published between 1 January 2004 and 16 February 2014 in three Scottish newspapers were identified using Nexis UK. In all, 131 articles were thematically coded and analysed. Children were portrayed as vulnerable and requiring protection, with few articles highlighting children’s ability to voice concerns about the dangers of smoking. Smokers and smoking parents were mainly portrayed in a factual manner, but also frequently as irresponsible and, in some cases, intentionally imposing harm. Individual smokers were blamed for their recklessness, with only a small number of articles mentioning the need to assist smokers in quitting. Supporters of legislation focused on corresponding discourse, whereas critics directed debates towards established arguments against policy, including individual freedom, privacy and problems of enforcement. Focusing on children’s vulnerability to second-hand smoke might have increased support for legislation but risked a side effect of smokers being stigmatised. The media and supporters of public health policy are encouraged to consider appropriate approaches to raise awareness of the health harms of second-hand smoke to children while avoiding unintended stigmatisation of those in which they want to encourage behaviour change. © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.en_UK
dc.language.isoen-
dc.publisherSAGE-
dc.relationBain J, Weishaar H, Semple S, Duffy S & Hilton S (2017) Vulnerable children, stigmatised smokers: The social construction of target audiences in media debates on policies regulating smoking in vehicles, Health, 21 (6), pp. 633-649.-
dc.rightsThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).-
dc.subjectchildrenen_UK
dc.subjectmedia analysisen_UK
dc.subjectsecond-hand smoke exposureen_UK
dc.subjectsmoking in vehiclesen_UK
dc.subjectstigmatisationen_UK
dc.titleVulnerable children, stigmatised smokers: The social construction of target audiences in media debates on policies regulating smoking in vehiclesen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459316633279-
dc.identifier.pmid27457688-
dc.citation.jtitleHealth-
dc.citation.issn1363-4593-
dc.citation.volume21-
dc.citation.issue6-
dc.citation.spage633-
dc.citation.epage649-
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublished-
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereed-
dc.type.statusPublisher version (final published refereed version)-
dc.citation.date24/07/2016-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Glasgow-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Glasgow-
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute for Social Marketing-
dc.contributor.affiliationAction on Smoking and Health Scotland-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Glasgow-
dc.identifier.isi000423273700004-
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