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Smoking restrictions at Boston-area hospitals, 1990-1992: a serial survey.

Authors
Kales-SN
Source
Chest 1993 Nov; 104(5):1589-1591
NIOSHTIC No.
00234684
Abstract
A survey was undertaken in 1990 to provide up to date information on the adoption of antismoking policies among hospitals in the Boston, Massachusetts area. It was repeated in 1992 to further assess the evolution of restrictions and response to the applicable standard. Staff at 40 hospitals participated in the study. Medical school affiliated hospitals composed 62% of the sample. In 1990 all 40 hospitals restricted tobacco use. Only 8% banned smoking altogether. By 1992 all of the 40 original participating hospitals were providing smoking cessation programs to employees. No hospital permitted the sale of tobacco products. By the end of 1991, 45% had smoking bans in place. By February of 1992, 72% had smoking bans in place. The results indicated a trend toward the adoption of strong and comprehensive smoking restrictions among the hospitals surveyed. Only two facilities relaxed their policy at any time during the 2 year study period; both cases concerned employee smoking lounges. The author suggests that these findings should bolster the confidence of administrators inside and outside hospitals on local and national levels who are in favor of further limitations on public smoking.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Training; Cigarette-smoking; Health-care-facilities; Employee-health; Health-care-personnel; Indoor-air-pollution; Tobacco-smoke; Regulations; Indoor-environmental-quality
CODEN
CHETBF
Publication Date
19931101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
8171719
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T15-OH-007096; Grant-Number-T42-OH-007096
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0012-3692
Priority Area
Training
Source Name
Chest
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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