Short-term impact of national smoke-free workplace legislation on passive smoking and tobacco use

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OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the short-term impact of national smoke-free workplace legislation on employee exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work and on employee smoking habits. METHODS: We performed 2 cross-sectional studies in 9 medium-sized and large Finnish workplaces, before and after implementation of national smoke-free workplace legislation. We assessed tobacco smoke exposure via questionnaire and indoor air nicotine measurements. RESULTS: Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke declined considerably after the legislation was implemented.Tobacco consumption among smokers diminished. Nicotine concentrations fell significantly. CONCLUSIONS: Legislation was more efficient than voluntary workplace-specific smoking restrictions in reducing passive smoking and cigarette consumption.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1416-1418
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001