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N S W Public Health Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;21(11-12):263-6. doi: 10.1071/NB10036.

Reduction in staff smoking rates in North Coast Area Health Service, NSW, following the introduction of a smoke-free workplace policy.

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Health Promotion, Population Health, Planning and Performance, North Coast Area Health Service.

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate changes in staff smoking rates following the implementation of Smoke Free Health Care, an innovative, change-management process that introduced a smoke-free workplace policy in the North Coast Area Health Service of NSW.

METHODS:

Survey questionnaires were sent to all staff before and after the introduction of the policy. Return rates were 17.3% (690/3988) in 1999 and 25.4% (2012/7921) in 2007. Chi-square tests and multivariate logistic regression analysis were used to determine differences.

RESULTS:

Staff smoking rates decreased significantly from 22.3% to 11.8% (p<0.0001). Smoking rates in 1999 were not significantly different to the state population's (22.3% and 24.1%, p=0.3), but were significantly different in 2007 (11.8% and 20.1%, p<0.0001). Over a quarter (27.6%) of staff who smoked when implementation began quit smoking; more than twice the rate before implementation (12%, p<0.0001).

CONCLUSION:

These changes in staff smoking rates indicate the effectiveness of a comprehensive change-management approach to implementing smoke-free workplace policy.

PMID:
21426852
DOI:
10.1071/NB10036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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