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

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by T Letcher, M Cameron, L Trotter, G Inglis, R Potter, Anita LalAnita Lal, K Farquharson, M Wakefield
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.



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C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal; C Journal article

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2003, Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria

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