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Am J Public Health. 2001 Sep;91(9):1416-8.

The short-term impact of national smoke-free workplace legislation on passive smoking and tobacco use.

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Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki. ahel@occuphealth.fi

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  • Am J Public Health 2001 Dec;91(12):1920.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to evaluate the short-term impact of national smoke-free workplace legislation on employee exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work and on employee smoking habits.

METHODS:

We performed 2 cross-sectional studies in 9 medium-sized and large Finnish workplaces, before and after implementation of national smoke-free workplace legislation. We assessed tobacco smoke exposure via questionnaire and indoor air nicotine measurements.

RESULTS:

Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke declined considerably after the legislation was implemented. Tobacco consumption among smokers diminished. Nicotine concentrations fell significantly.

CONCLUSIONS:

Legislation was more efficient than voluntary workplace-specific smoking restrictions in reducing passive smoking and cigarette consumption.

PMID:
11527773
PMCID:
PMC1446796
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