Journal article

The impact of smoke-free workplaces on declining cigarette consumption in Australia and the United States

S Chapman, R Borland, M Scollo, RC Brownson, A Dominello, S Woodward

American Journal of Public Health | AMER PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC INC | Published : 1999

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study estimates the contribution of smoke-free workplaces to the recent national declines in cigarette consumption in Australia and the United States. METHODS: Nineteen studies of the impact of smoke-free workplaces on workday cigarette consumption were reviewed. The number and cost of cigarettes forgone were calculated and extrapolated to a scenario in which all indoor work areas were smoke-free. RESULTS: Of the 19 studies, 18 reported declines in daily smoking rates, and 17 reported declines in smoking prevalence. Smoke-free workplaces are currently responsible for an annual reduction of some 602 million cigarettes, or 1.8% of all cigarettes that might otherwise be consume..

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