Journal article

Does smoke-free Ireland have more smoking inside the home and less in pubs than the United Kingdom? Findings from the international tobacco control policy evaluation project

Andrew Hyland, Cheryl Higbee, Louise Hassan, Geoffrey T Fong, Ron Borland, K Michael Cummings, Gerard Hastings

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In March 2004, Ireland implemented comprehensive smoke-free regulations. Some were concerned this would cause pub patrons to move their smoking and drinking from inside pubs to inside homes. This article aims to assess whether nationwide smoke-free policies are associated with more smoking or drinking inside the home. METHODS: Participants were 1917 adult smokers (> 18-years old) from Ireland (n = 582), Scotland (n = 507) and the rest of the United Kingdom (n = 828), which did not have smoke-free laws at the time of the interview, who completed a random digit-dialed telephone survey in February to March 2006. The percentage of alcoholic drinks consumed in the home versus pubs was..

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