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 support a conclusion that the policy was widely accepted. Wide acceptance is concluded based on overwhelmingly favorable ratings at both the first survey six months before and the second survey six months after policy implementation. asthma inhalers This conclusion is also based on no verbal or demonstrated opposition to this wide-reach ing policy. As noted earlier, the lower response rate is particularly based on employees verbalizing they had completed the questionnaire twice before and had voiced their opinion. This study is concordant with smoking cessation trends in national surveys that indicate a significant number of smokers were in favor of, and wanted to stop smoking. Moreover, our results indicate that of those who had continued to smoke, the majority reduced their daily cigarette consumption.
Our findings suggest that a no-smoking policy may stimulate if not actually provoke those who intended to stop smoking to cease their smoking. Although national data indicate that maintaining cessation from smoking may involve multiple attempts, a no-smoking policy may play a pivotal role in reducing the frequency of smoking, maintaining cessation, and improving both the health of smokers and nonsmokers alike.
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