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Title: Support for smoke-free policies in the Cyprus hospitality industry
Authors: Lazuras, Lambros 
Savva, Christos S. 
Talias, Michael A. 
Soteriades, Elpidoforos Soterakis 
Keywords: Cyprus;Hospitality industry;Policy support;Smoke-free policies
Category: Health Sciences
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2015
Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG
Source: International Journal of Public Health, 2015, Volume 60, Issue 8, Pages 911-917
DOI: 10.1007/s00038-015-0747-y
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.
ISSN: 16618556
Rights: © Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) 2015.
Type: Article
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