International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 549–554 | Cite as

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

  • Valentina Minardi
  • Giuseppe Gorini
  • Giulia Carreras
  • Maria Masocco
  • Gianluigi Ferrante
  • Valentina Possenti
  • Elisa Quarchioni
  • Lorenzo Spizzichino
  • Daniela Galeone
  • Stefania Vasselli
  • Stefania Salmaso
Brief Report

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.

Keywords

Smoking ban Second-hand smoke exposure Italy Hospitality premises Workplaces Smoke-free homes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentina Minardi
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Gorini
    • 2
  • Giulia Carreras
    • 2
  • Maria Masocco
    • 1
  • Gianluigi Ferrante
    • 1
  • Valentina Possenti
    • 1
  • Elisa Quarchioni
    • 1
  • Lorenzo Spizzichino
    • 3
  • Daniela Galeone
    • 3
  • Stefania Vasselli
    • 3
  • Stefania Salmaso
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Public HealthRomeItaly
  2. 2.ISPO Cancer Research and Prevention InstituteFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Minister of HealthRomeItaly

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