Total indoor smoking ban and smoker behavior

David M. Daughton, Charles E. Andrews, Charles P. Orona, Kashinath D. Patil, Stephen I. Rennard

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


Methods. To assess smoking policy support and effects, 1,083 hospital employees (203 smokers) were surveyed by anonymous questionnaire 1 year after the announcement (5 months after implementation) of a new total indoor smoking ban. A second follow-up, limited to smoker respondents only, was conducted 2 years postannouncement. Results. A total indoor smoking ban was supported by the vast majority of nonsmokers (89%) and ex-smokers (86%) and by nearly half of the then-smoking population (45%). Consistent with previous reports, the smoking ban was associated with a significant decrease in cigarette use during work hours, particularly among moderate to heavy smokers. However, the ban did not result in increased institutional quit rates. Light smokers (<10 cig/day), compared with heavy smokers (≥30 cig/day), were more likely to support the no-smoking policy and had fewer problems observing the ban. They were also less apt to report a decrease in work productivity. Conclusion. A total indoor smoking ban had little effect on overall institutional quit rates. Heavy smokers will, predictably, experience the greatest difficulty complying with a total indoor nonsmoking policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-676
Number of pages7
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Total indoor smoking ban and smoker behavior'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this