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Am J Public Health. 2003 Apr;93(4):611-7.

Changes of attitudes and patronage behaviors in response to a smoke-free bar law.

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Tobacco Control Section, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento 94234-7320, USA. htang@dhs.ca.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined patron responses to a California smoke-free bar law.

METHODS:

Three telephone surveys measured attitudes and behavior changes after implementation of the law.

RESULTS:

Approval of the law rose from 59.8% to 73.2% (odds ratio [OR] = 1.95; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.58, 2.40). Self-reported noncompliance decreased from 24.6% to 14.0% (OR = 0.50; 95% CI = 0.30, 0.85). Likelihood of visiting a bar or of not changing bar patronage after the law was implemented increased from 86% to 91% (OR = 1.76; 95% CI = 1.29, 2.40).

CONCLUSIONS:

California bar patrons increasingly support and comply with the smoke-free bar law.

PMID:
12660206
PMCID:
PMC1447799
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.93.4.611
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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