Clearly, nonsmokers and exsmokers may be ex pected to favor smoking restrictions; it requires no change in behavior and offers the benefits of reduced health risks. Opinions of smokers are expected to be less favorable toward a restricted policy that, if any thing, is inconvenient. Smokers may argue that they have the least to gain […]
No-smoking policies and their growing prevalence in the workplace, and in health care facilities in particular, may have dramatic consequences. They increase general knowledge of health risks about smoking and may promote nonsmoking as a more normative behavior. Prohibition of smoking may help reduce the peer pressure to smoke and, conversely, increase social support for […]
Two recent studies, one conducted at Mayo Clinic and the other at the Oregon Health Sciences University, have reported on their methods for developing their smoke-free policies. Six months after implementing its policy, each institution reported wide acceptance of the smoking ban by both staff and patients. Each concluded that a no-smoking policy can be […]
These results are also similar to the findings of the national smoking survey conducted by Gallup, that found that 85 percent of nonsmokers, 78 percent of former smokers, and 62 percent of smokers agreed that smokers should not smoke near nonsmokers. This trend underscores the contention that, as a nation, we welcome a smoke-free environment. […]
The results of this report provide the most comprehensive analysis to date of a no-smoking work-site policy. They indicate that both employee and patients overwhelmingly favored the restriction of smoking at our health care institution. It could be argued that the lower response rate to the third administration of the questionnaire, 684 returned, does not […]
Notwithstanding the foregoing frustrating responses, after one year there was a significant decrease in the number of employees who smoked (20 vs 14 percent; p<0.01). Moreover, the tobacco users indicated that they smoked fewer cigarettes after one year in comparison with the previous years data. Thus, 81 percent of smokers reported using less than eight […]
Consequences In the survey conducted prior to implementation of the policy, both employees and patients were asked to what extent the smoke of others bothered them within the confines of the medical institution. The majority of employees indicated that the smoke of others bothered them. Of these individuals, 35 percent indicated that the smoke of […]
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