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Type: Journal article
Title: Attitudes and experiences of restauranteurs regarding smoking bans in Adelaide, South Australia
Author: Jones, K.
Wakefield, M.
Turnbull, D.
Citation: Tobacco Control, 1999; 8(1):62-66
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0964-4563
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Kelly Jones, Melanie Wakefield, Deborah A Turnbull
Abstract: OBJECTIVES---To determine compliance with a voluntary code of practice (VCP) for restricting smoking in restaurants and to canvass the attitudes of restaurateurs towards tougher smoking restrictions. DESIGN---Cross-sectional survey conducted in 1996 using a telephone questionnaire. SETTING---Metropolitan restaurants and cafés in Adelaide, South Australia. PARTICIPANTS---276 (86.8%) of a sample of randomly selected owners and managers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES---Restaurant non-smoking policies, reported and anticipated change in business, and restaurateurs' attitudes towards smoking restrictions. RESULTS---26.8% of restaurants had a total smoking ban; 40.6% restricted smoking some other way; and 32.6% permitted unrestricted smoking. Only 15.1% of restaurants with a ban or restrictions had used the VCP to guide the development of their policy, and only half of these were complying with it. Although 78.4% of those with bans and 84.4% of those with restrictions reported that their non-smoking policy had been associated with either no change or a gain in business, only 33.3% of those allowing unrestricted smoking expected that this would be the case, if they were to limit smoking. A total of 50.4% of restaurateurs, including 45.3% of those with no restrictions, agreed that the government should ban smoking in all restaurants. CONCLUSIONS---The VCP made an insignificant contribution to adoption of non-smoking policies, and compliance with the code was poor. Despite concerns about loss of business, there was considerable support for legislation which would ban smoking in all dining establishments.
Keywords: smoking restrictions; restaurants; environmental tobacco smoke; Australia
Description: Copyright © 1999 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
RMID: 0030006372
DOI: 10.1136/tc.8.1.62
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