One-Year Longitudinal Study of a No-Smoking Policy in a Medical Institution: Discussion (Part 2)

In: No-Smoking Policy

24 Oct 2012

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.
Industrial studies have assessed employee attitude in planning and implementing their own smoking policies. Pacific Telephone and Texas Instruments corporation are two of many that have undertaken employee surveys. They indicate on average that eight of ten nonsmoking employees were bothered by the smoke of others at work; and most smokers favor a smoke-free policy. Although these studies surveyed employees only once (ie, preceding policy implementation), they provide support for efforts in establishing a smoke-free work environment. ventolin inhaler
Assessment of employees has also been undertaken in health care settings. These studies support establishing smoke restricting policies; and the only employee group that has not accepted the policy is the employee who smokes. In one study, Rigotti and associates noted that although only 35 percent of smokers supported the ban at baseline, one year after implementation of a no-smoking policy this support had increased to 67 percent. Rosenstock indicated similar trends when hospital no-smoking policies were instituted and that the smokers initial reluctance diminished with time.


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