Before and after study of bar workers' perceptions of the impact of smoke-free workplace legislation in the Republic of Ireland.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/95631
Title:
Before and after study of bar workers' perceptions of the impact of smoke-free workplace legislation in the Republic of Ireland.
Authors:
Pursell, Lisa; Allwright, Shane; O'Donovan, Diarmuid; Paul, Gillian; Kelly, Alan; Mullally, Bernie J; D'Eath, Maureen
Affiliation:
Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. lisa.pursell@nuigalway.ie
Citation:
Before and after study of bar workers' perceptions of the impact of smoke-free workplace legislation in the Republic of Ireland. 2007, 7:131 BMC Public Health
Journal:
BMC public health
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/95631
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2458-7-131
PubMed ID:
17603892
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Objectives: To compare support for, and perceptions of, the impacts of smoke-free workplace legislation among bar workers in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) pre- and post-implementation, and to identify predictors of support for the legislation. METHODS: Setting: Public houses (pubs) in three areas of the ROI. Design: Comparisons pre- and post-implementation of smoke-free workplace legislation. Participants: From a largely non-random selection, 288 bar workers volunteered for the baseline survey; 220 were followed up one year later (76.4%). Outcome measures: Level of support for the legislation, attitude statements concerning potential impacts of the law and modelled predictors of support for the legislation. RESULTS: Pre-implementation 59.5% of participants supported the legislation, increasing to 76.8% post-implementation. Support increased among smokers by 27.3 percentage points from 39.4% to 66.7% (p < 0.001) and among non-smokers by 12.4% percentage points from 68.8% to 81.2% (p = 0.003).Pre-legislation three-quarters of participants agreed that the legislation would make bars more comfortable and was needed to protect workers' health. Post-legislation these proportions increased to over 90% (p < 0.001). However, negative perceptions also increased, particularly for perceptions that the legislation has a negative impact on business (from 50.9% to 62.7%, p = 0.008) and that fewer people would visit pubs (41.8% to 62.7%, p < 0.001). After adjusting for relevant covariates, including responses to the attitude statements, support for the ban increased two to three-fold post-implementation. Regardless of their views on the economic impact, most participants agreed, both pre- and post-implementation, that the legislation was needed to protect bar workers' health. CONCLUSION: Smoke-free legislation had the support of three-quarters of a large sample of bar workers in the ROI. However, this group holds complex sets of both positive and negative perspectives on the legislation. Of particular importance is that negative economic perceptions did not diminish the widely held perception that the ban is needed to protect workers' health.
Language:
en
MeSH:
Adult; Attitude to Health; Cross-Sectional Studies; Employment; Female; Health Care Surveys; Humans; Ireland; Male; Middle Aged; Occupational Health; Perception; Questionnaires; Restaurants; Rural Population; Self Disclosure; Smoking; Tobacco Smoke Pollution; Urban Population; Workplace
ISSN:
1471-2458

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dc.contributor.authorPursell, Lisaen
dc.contributor.authorAllwright, Shaneen
dc.contributor.authorO'Donovan, Diarmuiden
dc.contributor.authorPaul, Gillianen
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Alanen
dc.contributor.authorMullally, Bernie Jen
dc.contributor.authorD'Eath, Maureenen
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-06T10:18:26Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-06T10:18:26Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationBefore and after study of bar workers' perceptions of the impact of smoke-free workplace legislation in the Republic of Ireland. 2007, 7:131 BMC Public Healthen
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458-
dc.identifier.pmid17603892-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2458-7-131-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/95631-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Objectives: To compare support for, and perceptions of, the impacts of smoke-free workplace legislation among bar workers in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) pre- and post-implementation, and to identify predictors of support for the legislation. METHODS: Setting: Public houses (pubs) in three areas of the ROI. Design: Comparisons pre- and post-implementation of smoke-free workplace legislation. Participants: From a largely non-random selection, 288 bar workers volunteered for the baseline survey; 220 were followed up one year later (76.4%). Outcome measures: Level of support for the legislation, attitude statements concerning potential impacts of the law and modelled predictors of support for the legislation. RESULTS: Pre-implementation 59.5% of participants supported the legislation, increasing to 76.8% post-implementation. Support increased among smokers by 27.3 percentage points from 39.4% to 66.7% (p < 0.001) and among non-smokers by 12.4% percentage points from 68.8% to 81.2% (p = 0.003).Pre-legislation three-quarters of participants agreed that the legislation would make bars more comfortable and was needed to protect workers' health. Post-legislation these proportions increased to over 90% (p < 0.001). However, negative perceptions also increased, particularly for perceptions that the legislation has a negative impact on business (from 50.9% to 62.7%, p = 0.008) and that fewer people would visit pubs (41.8% to 62.7%, p < 0.001). After adjusting for relevant covariates, including responses to the attitude statements, support for the ban increased two to three-fold post-implementation. Regardless of their views on the economic impact, most participants agreed, both pre- and post-implementation, that the legislation was needed to protect bar workers' health. CONCLUSION: Smoke-free legislation had the support of three-quarters of a large sample of bar workers in the ROI. However, this group holds complex sets of both positive and negative perspectives on the legislation. Of particular importance is that negative economic perceptions did not diminish the widely held perception that the ban is needed to protect workers' health.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Health-
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studies-
dc.subject.meshEmployment-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Surveys-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshOccupational Health-
dc.subject.meshPerception-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshRestaurants-
dc.subject.meshRural Population-
dc.subject.meshSelf Disclosure-
dc.subject.meshSmoking-
dc.subject.meshTobacco Smoke Pollution-
dc.subject.meshUrban Population-
dc.subject.meshWorkplace-
dc.titleBefore and after study of bar workers' perceptions of the impact of smoke-free workplace legislation in the Republic of Ireland.en
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. lisa.pursell@nuigalway.ieen
dc.identifier.journalBMC public healthen

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