Journal article

Reductions in tobacco smoke pollution and increases in support for smoke-free public places following the implementation of comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation in the Republic of Ireland: findings from the ITC Ireland/UK Survey

GT Fong, A Hyland, R Borland, D Hammond, G Hastings, A McNeill, S Anderson, KM Cummings, S Allwright, M Mulcahy, F Howell, L Clancy, ME Thompson, G Connolly, P Driezen

TOBACCO CONTROL | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychosocial and behavioural impact of the first ever national level comprehensive workplace smoke-free law, implemented in Ireland in March 2004. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental prospective cohort survey: parallel cohort telephone surveys of national representative samples of adult smokers in Ireland (n = 769) and the UK (n = 416), surveyed before the law (December 2003 to January 2004) and 8-9 months after the law (December 2004 to January 2005). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Respondents' reports of smoking in key public venues, support for total bans in those key venues, and behavioural changes due to the law. RESULTS: The Irish law led to dramatic declines in reported smok..

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