Responding to change: how did bar workers adapt to the smoke-free legislation in Scotland?

Eadie, Douglas R.; MacAskill, Susan G.; Heim, Derek and Hastings, Gerard B. (2010). Responding to change: how did bar workers adapt to the smoke-free legislation in Scotland? International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 20(1) pp. 13–26.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09603120903255279

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0960312...

Abstract

In recent years a number of countries have implemented comprehensive smoking bans to protect workers from adverse effects of exposure to second-hand smoke. It is also well known that many key stakeholders working in hospitality settings are themselves smokers. This paper reports the findings of a longitudinal qualitative study conducted with bar workers following the implementation of smoke-free legislation in Scotland. It examines the effects of smoking prevalence and status on support for smoke-free legislation, and its impact on business and working practices as well as bar workers' smoking behaviour both in and outside of the workplace. The results highlight a need for targeted assistance for businesses serving disadvantaged communities both to adapt commercially to the legislation and to provide cessation support to workers who smoke

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