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Title: Support for and reported compliance among smokers with smoke-free policies in air-conditioned hospitality venues in Malaysia and Thailand: Findings from the international tobacco control Southeast Asia survey
Authors: Hua Hie Yong
Kin Foong
Ron Borland
Maizurah Omar
Stephen Hamann
Buppha Sirirassamee
Geoffrey T. Fong
Omid Fotuhi
Andrew Hyland
Cancer Council Victoria
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Bangkok
Mahidol University
University of Waterloo
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2010
Citation: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. Vol.22, No.1 (2010), 98-109
Abstract: This study examined support for and reported compliance with smoke-free policy in air-conditioned restaurants and other similar places among adult smokers in Malaysia and Thailand. Baseline data (early 2005) from the International Tobacco Control Southeast Asia Survey (ITC-SEA), conducted face-to-face in Malaysia and Thailand (n = 4005), were used. Among those attending venues, reported total smoking bans in indoor air-conditioned places such as restaurants, coffee shops, and karaoke lounges were 40% and 57% in Malaysia and Thailand, respectively. Support for a total ban in air-conditioned venues was high and similar for both countries (82% Malaysian and 90% Thai smokers who believed there was a total ban), but self-reported compliance with bans in such venues was significantly higher in Thailand than in Malaysia (95% vs 51%, P < .001). As expected, reporting a ban in air-conditioned venues was associated with a greater support for a ban in such venues in both countries. © 2010 APJPH.
ISSN: 10105395
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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