Adaptation to mandated restrictions on smoking in dining areas : results of an Internet survey

Letcher, Tessa, Cameron, Melissa, Trotter, Lisa, Inglis, Graeme, Potter, Rebecca, Lal, Anita, Farquharson, Karen and Wakefield, Melanie 2003, Adaptation to mandated restrictions on smoking in dining areas : results of an Internet survey, Quit Victoria research and evaluation studies, vol. 11, pp. 153-174.

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Title Adaptation to mandated restrictions on smoking in dining areas : results of an Internet survey
Author(s) Letcher, Tessa
Cameron, Melissa
Trotter, Lisa
Inglis, Graeme
Potter, Rebecca
Lal, AnitaORCID iD for Lal, Anita
Farquharson, Karen
Wakefield, Melanie
Journal name Quit Victoria research and evaluation studies
Volume number 11
Start page 153
End page 174
Publisher Cancer Council Victoria
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1448-5796
Summary Objective : The study aimed to measure changes in dining behaviour associated with the introduction of smoking restrictions on July 1, 2001, to describe strategies adopted by smokers and non-smokers to adapt to the changes, and to describe some of the thoughts, feelings and beliefs underlying the adaptations that people make in response to the introduction of new restrictions.

Method : Data were collected in a longitudinal study with repeated measures of a total of 257 respondents before and after the introduction of the restrictions, using a questionnaire administered via the Internet. Data collection occurred on seven occasions between April 2001 and March 2002. In addition, a series of in-depth telephone interviews was conducted among a group of 31 smokers and non-smokers, who were interviewed once before and twice after the introduction of the bans.

Results :
Dining patterns, dining frequency, restaurant choice and expenditure on a meal did not change among either smoking or non-smoking patrons following the introduction of the law. The majority of Victorians approved of smokefree dining legislation before its implementation, and agreement with the law increased sharply and significantly among both smokers and non-smokers immediately following the introduction of the policy, remaining at high levels for the duration of the study period.

Conclusions : These findings suggest there was rapid adaptation to and acceptance of the restrictions among both smokers and non-smokers, and are supported by evidence from other jurisdictions, both interstate and internationally, regarding the introduction of smokefree dining.
Language eng
Field of Research 150402 Hospitality Management
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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