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Healthc Policy. 2012 Nov;8(2):24-9.

Disproportionate organizational injustice: a close look at facilities exempted from indoor smoking laws in Canada.

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Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, 923, Robie Street, Halifax, NS. alhamdani.mohammed@gmail.com

Abstract

Federal and provincial legislation bans smoking in indoor public spaces and workplaces, yet exemptions exist for residential facilities such as nursing homes and addiction treatment centres. In relying on ventilated smoking rooms, however, these organizations are failing to protect the health of their employees and clients. Increased use of risk messages regarding the harms of second- and third-hand smoke, together with enhanced nicotine replacement therapies for smokers, would rectify this disproportionate injustice. Such an approach must also recognize and counteract the efforts of the tobacco industry to block total indoor smoking bans.

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