International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 60, Issue 8, pp 911–917 | Cite as

Support for smoke-free policies in the Cyprus hospitality industry

  • Lambros LazurasEmail author
  • Christos S. Savva
  • Michael A. Talias
  • Elpidoforos S. Soteriades
Original Article



The present study used attitudinal and behavioural indicators to measure support for smoke-free policies among employers and employees in the hospitality industry in Cyprus.


A representative sample of 600 participants (95 % response rate) completed anonymous structured questionnaires on demographic variables, smoking status, exposure to second-hand smoke at work and related health beliefs, social norms, and smoke-free policy support.


Participants were predominantly males (68.3 %), with a mean age of 40 years (SD = 12.69), and 39.7 % were employers/owners of the hospitality venue. Analysis of variance showed that employers and smokers were less supportive of smoke-free policies, as compared to employees and non-smokers. Linear regression models showed that attitudes towards smoke-free policy were predicted by smoking status, SHS exposure and related health beliefs, and social norm variables. Logistic regression analysis showed that willingness to confront a policy violator was predicted by SHS exposure, perceived prevalence of smoker clients, and smoke-free policy attitudes.


SHS exposure and related health beliefs, and normative factors should be targeted by interventions aiming to promote policy support in the hospitality industry in Cyprus.


Smoke-free policies Hospitality industry Policy support Cyprus 



This study was co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund through the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical standard

The study complies with the current laws of the country in which it was performed.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lambros Lazuras
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Christos S. Savva
    • 3
  • Michael A. Talias
    • 4
  • Elpidoforos S. Soteriades
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Sociology and PoliticsSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.South East European Research Centre (SEERC)ThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Department of Commerce, Finance and ShippingCyprus University of TechnologyLimassolCyprus
  4. 4.Postgraduate Healthcare Management ProgramOpen University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  5. 5.Department of Occupational and Environmental MedicineCyprus Institute of Biomedical Sciences (CIBS)NicosiaCyprus
  6. 6.Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology (EOME)Harvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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