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Document ID (ISN)109053
CIS number 09-68
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Larsson M., BoŰthius G., Axelsson S., Montgomery S.M.
Title Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and health effects among hospitality workers in Sweden - before and after the implementation of a smoke-free law
Bibliographic information Aug. 2008, Vol.34, No.4, p.267-277. 45 ref.
Abstract This study attempted to identify changes in exposure to tobacco smoke, as well as symptoms and attitudes among hospitality workers after the introduction of extended smoke-free workplace legislation in Sweden. A total of 91 volunteers working in casinos, bars and restaurants in Sweden participated in the study, among whom 71 out of 91 (14 smokers and 57 nonsmokers) also participated in the follow-up survey 12 months after the introduction of the smoking ban. Data concerning exposures to environmental tobacco smoke, smoking habits, respiratory symptoms and attitudes towards the ban were obtained by means of questionnaires. Participants were also subjected to a spirometry. Findings are discussed. The introduction of the smoke-free legislation was associated with a substantial reduction in respiratory symptoms, as well as reduced exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; restaurants; legislation; exposure evaluation; hotel industry; passive smoking
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; nicotine; smoking; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey; spirometry; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom; Sweden
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Smoking
Hotels and restaurants
Passive smoking
Exposure evaluation