Total indoor smoking ban and smoker behavior

David M. Daughton, Charles E. Andrews, Charles P. Orona, Kashinath D. Patil, Stephen I. Rennard

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Abstract

Methods. To assess smoking policy support and effects, 1,083 hospital employees (203 smokers) were surveyed by anonymous questionnaire 1 year after the announcement (5 months after implementation) of a new total indoor smoking ban. A second follow-up, limited to smoker respondents only, was conducted 2 years postannouncement. Results. A total indoor smoking ban was supported by the vast majority of nonsmokers (89%) and ex-smokers (86%) and by nearly half of the then-smoking population (45%). Consistent with previous reports, the smoking ban was associated with a significant decrease in cigarette use during work hours, particularly among moderate to heavy smokers. However, the ban did not result in increased institutional quit rates. Light smokers (<10 cig/day), compared with heavy smokers (≥30 cig/day), were more likely to support the no-smoking policy and had fewer problems observing the ban. They were also less apt to report a decrease in work productivity. Conclusion. A total indoor smoking ban had little effect on overall institutional quit rates. Heavy smokers will, predictably, experience the greatest difficulty complying with a total indoor nonsmoking policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-676
Number of pages7
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992

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  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Daughton, D. M., Andrews, C. E., Orona, C. P., Patil, K. D., & Rennard, S. I. (1992). Total indoor smoking ban and smoker behavior. Preventive Medicine, 21(5), 670-676. https://doi.org/10.1016/0091-7435(92)90073-Q