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Support for smoke-free policies in the Cyprus hospitality industry

Abstract

Objectives

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.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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.

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Acknowledgments

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

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Correspondence to Lambros Lazuras.

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Lazuras, L., Savva, C.S., Talias, M.A. et al. Support for smoke-free policies in the Cyprus hospitality industry. Int J Public Health 60, 911–917 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-015-0747-y

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Keywords

  • Smoke-free policies
  • Hospitality industry
  • Policy support
  • Cyprus