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Prev Med. 1999 Jul;29(1):53-6.

Perceptions of the effect of an impending restaurant smoking ban on dining-out experience.

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Health Research and Policy Centers, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 60607, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The introduction of bans on smoking in restaurants is frequently marred by claims that they will lead to a loss of business.

METHODS:

A representative sample of 3,019 South Australians age 15+ years were asked questions about dining-out frequency and perceived effects of the ban on their dining-out enjoyment and restaurant patronage.

RESULTS:

Sixty-one percent thought the ban would make dining out more enjoyable, 5% thought it would be less enjoyable, and 34% thought it would make no difference. Overall, 82% thought the ban would make no difference to their likelihood of dining out, 14% would be more likely to dine out, and 4% would be less likely.

CONCLUSIONS:

These data suggest that the public expects bans on smoking in restaurants to result in both increased enjoyment and increased patronage of restaurants.

PMID:
10419800
DOI:
10.1006/pmed.1999.0502
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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