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Am J Public Health. 1997 Dec;87(12):2042-4.

Behavior intentions of the public after bans on smoking in restaurants and bars.

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Center for Survey Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston 02125, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study assessed the potential effect of smoke-free policies on bar and restaurant patronage.

METHODS:

Random-digit dialing techniques were used in surveying a representative sample of Massachusetts adults (n = 2356) by telephone.

RESULTS:

Approximately 61% of the respondents predicted no change in their use of restaurants in response to smoke-free policies, 30% predicted increased use, and 8% predicted decreased use. In turn, 69% of the respondents predicted no change in their patronage of bars, while 20% predicted increased use and 11% predicted decreased use.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that smoke-free policies are likely to increase overall patronage of bars and restaurants.

PMID:
9431301
PMCID:
PMC1381254
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