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Am J Public Health. 1993 Sep;83(9):1284-8.

Smoking control in restaurants: the effectiveness of self-regulation in Australia.

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New South Wales Cancer Council Cancer Education Research Project, University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The provision of smoke-free areas in restaurants has been a controversial issue; the restaurant industry largely opts for a self-regulation approach. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of self-regulation as a strategy in meeting the industry's and customers' perceived needs.

METHODS:

Restaurateur and customer perspectives on the provision of smoke-free areas in restaurants were examined by survey among 365 restaurateurs and 1327 customers in New South Wales, Australia.

RESULTS:

Less than 2% of restaurants were totally smoke-free; 22% provided some smoke-free areas. Customers were much more likely than owners to think that smoke-free areas should be provided. Owners appeared to be unaware of customers' views about smoke-free areas in restaurants.

CONCLUSIONS:

Little evidence was found to support the effectiveness of the self-regulation policy adopted by the restaurant industry. Characteristics of restaurants and owners associated with the provision of smoke-free areas are presented and implications of the findings are discussed.

PMID:
8363005
PMCID:
PMC1694958
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.83.9.1284
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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