Smoking restrictions at Boston-area hospitals, 1990-1992: a serial survey.
Chest 1993 Nov; 104(5):1589-1591
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.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Training; Cigarette-smoking; Health-care-facilities; Employee-health; Health-care-personnel; Indoor-air-pollution; Tobacco-smoke; Regulations; Indoor-environmental-quality
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts