Are smoke-free policies implemented and adhered to at sporting venues

Terri Pikora, J-W. Phang, J. Karro, Billie Corti, J. Clarkson, R.J. Donovan, S. Frizzell, A. Wilkinson

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Objective: This study investigated the level of implementation of and adherence to smoke-free policies in two major sporting venues in Perth.Method: Smoking status and attitude toward the smoke-free policies in the venues were determined in a random sample of spectators as they entered each venue. An observational study of randomly selected non-smoking seated areas in each venus was conducted on the same day to determine compliance with smoke-free policies. A butt-count was conducted to validate these observations.Results: There was a high level of both awareness and agreement with the smoke-free policies, however, this level of agreement was higher in non-smokers than smokers. The results of the observational study and the butt-count indicated that the policies were implemented and there was a high level of adherence with the smoke-free policy at both venues.Conclusion: The results provide further evidence that smoke-free policies in sporting venues are both supported and adhered to by spectators.Implications: The implementation of the smoke-free policies at venues is highly effective in protecting non-smokers from the effects of environmental tobacco smoke.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-409
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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