Preference and requests for smoke-free dining

Aust J Public Health. 1995 Feb;19(1):100-1. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1995.tb00308.x.


This study looked at whether people prefer to sit in smoking or smoke-free areas when they go to cafés and restaurants. It also considered whether those who said they would prefer smoke-free dining made this known when booking or going to a restaurant. The sample was 2387 Victorians, randomly selected and interviewed in their own homes. Overall, 68 per cent of respondents said they would prefer a nonsmoking area, and only 11 per cent preferred a smoking area. Even among smokers, less than half (42 per cent) wanted to sit in a smoking area. Of those people who wanted smoke-free dining, only 45 per cent said they always made this known. The results demonstrate strong community desire for smoke-free dining, but also point to the need for restaurant managers or the dining public to take the initiative, or for legislative action to ensure the provision of smoke-free areas.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / prevention & control*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Restaurants*
  • Sampling Studies
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
  • Victoria


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution