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Int J Public Health. 2014 Jun;59(3):549-54. doi: 10.1007/s00038-014-0543-0. Epub 2014 Mar 7.

Compliance with the smoking ban in Italy 8 years after its application.

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  • 1National Institute of Public Health, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this paper is to report compliance with the smoking ban and the spread of smoke-free homes after 3-8 years since the Italian smoking ban implementation, according to the ongoing Italian surveillance system for behavioural risk factors (PASSI).

METHODS:

PASSI is based on representative annual samples of the Italian population aged 18-69 years. We considered questions on smoking habits, self-reported compliance with the ban, and on smoke-free homes of 176,236 interviews conducted in 2008-2012.

RESULTS:

Ninety percent of respondents in 2012 reported that the smoking ban was enforced in hospitality premises (HPs), with a significant 3% increase from 2008. Similarly, 91.3% in 2012 reported a high compliance in workplaces other than HPs, with a significant 5% increase. Perception of compliance did not change among smokers and non-smokers. Seventy-eight percent of respondents in 2012 reported smoke-free homes, with a significant increase from 2008 to 2012.

CONCLUSIONS:

The high compliance with the ban that is still increasing even after 8 years since its implementation may partially have caused the concurrent increase in smoke-free homes.

PMID:
24604422
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-014-0543-0
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