Total indoor smoking ban and smoker behavior

Prev Med. 1992 Sep;21(5):670-6. doi: 10.1016/0091-7435(92)90073-q.


Methods: To assess smoking policy support and effects, 1,083 hospital employees (203 smokers) were surveyed by anonymous questionnaire 1 year after the announcement (5 months after implementation) of a new total indoor smoking ban. A second follow-up, limited to smoker respondents only, was conducted 2 years postannouncement.

Results: A total indoor smoking ban was supported by the vast majority of nonsmokers (89%) and ex-smokers (86%) and by nearly half of the then-smoking population (45%). Consistent with previous reports, the smoking ban was associated with a significant decrease in cigarette use during work hours, particularly among moderate to heavy smokers. However, the ban did not result in increased institutional quit rates. Light smokers (< 10 cig/day), compared with heavy smokers (> or = 30 cig/day), were more likely to support the no-smoking policy and had fewer problems observing the ban. They were also less apt to report a decrease in work productivity.

Conclusion: A total indoor smoking ban had little effect on overall institutional quit rates. Heavy smokers will, predictably, experience the greatest difficulty complying with a total indoor nonsmoking policy.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor / prevention & control
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Nebraska
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution