Compliance of drugstores with a national smoke-free law: a pilot survey

Public Health. 2010 Mar;124(3):131-5. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2010.01.013. Epub 2010 Feb 20.


Objectives: To examine the outcome of the recent implementation of a smoke-free policy in drugstores in Thailand, comparing participants and non-participants of the 100% smoke-free drugstore campaign promoted by the Thai Pharmacy Network for Tobacco Control (TPNTC).

Study design: A cross-sectional survey of 3600 drugstores in Thailand.

Method: Smoking prevalence on the premises, the number of stores displaying no-smoking signs, and the number of stores selling cigarettes were examined.

Results: In total, 1001 questionnaires were returned (27.8% response rate). Smoking prevalences inside and outside drugstores in the past month were 26.4% and 84.7%, respectively. Seven percent of drugstores had at least one staff member who smoked tobacco. Overall, 63.3% of drugstores displayed no-smoking signs, as required by law. Compared with non-participating drugstores, those which participated in the TPNTC smoke-free campaign more frequently reported that they had asked smokers to stop smoking/leave the premises, in addition to possessing and displaying no-smoking signs.

Conclusion: Approximately one-third of drugstores in this survey did not meet the terms of the recent smoke-free regulation. The TPNTC campaign improved the compliance of drugstores with the law in various aspects. This study was considered a pilot study, and despite the low response rate, the findings suggest a need for further action to ensure that all drugstores comply with the law and are 100% smoke-free.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Community Pharmacy Services / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Community Pharmacy Services / organization & administration
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Legislation as Topic
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Pharmacies / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Thailand / epidemiology
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
  • Workplace / legislation & jurisprudence*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution