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dc.contributor.authorPursell, Lisa
dc.contributor.authorAllwright, Shane
dc.contributor.authorO'Donovan, Diarmuid
dc.contributor.authorPaul, Gillian
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Alan
dc.contributor.authorMullally, Bernie J
dc.contributor.authorD'Eath, Maureen
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
refterms.dateFOA2018-09-03T10:43:29Z
html.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.


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