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Table 1 Original and retained items (in bold) of the BATHS scale

From: Development of a scale assessing Beliefs About ThirdHand Smoke (BATHS)

The next questions will ask for your opinions on the effects of smoking inside your home. Strongly disagree Disagree Not sure Agree Strongly agree
Breathing air in a room today where people smoked yesterday can harm the health of infants and children. 1 2 3 4 5
Breathing air in a room today where people smoked yesterday can harm the health of adults. 1 2 3 4 5
Particles in rooms where people smoked yesterday can cause cancer. 1 2 3 4 5
Smoke particles can remain in a room for days. 1 2 3 4 5
Smoke particles can remain in a room for weeks. 1 2 3 4 5
Smoke particles can remain in a room for months. 1 2 3 4 5
Cigarette smoke mixes and settles with dust. 1 2 3 4 5
After someone smokes in a room, sticky particles are left on surfaces in the room. 1 2 3 4 5
Smoke particles get absorbed into furniture and walls. 1 2 3 4 5
The smell of cigarette smoke can return even after deeply cleaning a smoking room. 1 2 3 4 5
Smoke stains on walls can reappear after walls have been painted. 1 2 3 4 5
Removing smoke particles from carpet is almost impossible. 1 2 3 4 5
Sticky smoke particles cannot be removed from surfaces with regular cleaning. 1 2 3 4 5
After smoking a cigarette, smoke particles on skin, hair, and clothing can be passed on to others through touch. 1 2 3 4 5
After touching surfaces where cigarette smoke has settled, particles can enter the body through the skin. 1 2 3 4 5
Children who touch surfaces and then put their hands in their mouths can swallow smoke particles. 1 2 3 4 5
Opening windows or using air conditioners does not eliminate all smoke particles in a room. 1 2 3 4 5
Smoking only in the bathroom does not stop smoke particles from settling in other rooms. 1 2 3 4 5
Having a smoke-free home will protect nonsmokers from smoke particles in your home. 1 2 3 4 5
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