Journal article

Non-smokers' responses when smokers light up: A population-based study

Daniella Germain, Melanie Wakefield, Sarah Durkin

Preventive Medicine | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study examines the extent to which the 'common courtesy approach' is adopted by non-smokers when in the presence of smokers, in the state of Victoria, Australia, where restrictions on smoking in public places are relatively comprehensive. METHOD: 4,765 non-smokers aged 18 years and over were surveyed over two representative population telephone-administered surveys of randomly sampled Victorians conducted in 2004 and 2005. RESULTS: Only 5.5% of non-smokers said they would ask a person to stop smoking if they lit up a cigarette nearby. The majority of non-smokers (74.7%) reported they would move away and 16.4% said they would do nothing. When asked what they would do if, in a ..

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