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Correlates of persistent smoking in bars subject to smokefree workplace policy

  • Author(s): Moore, RS
  • Lee, JP
  • Martin, SE
  • Todd, M
  • Chu, BL
  • et al.
Abstract

This study's goal was to characterize physical and social environments of standalone bars associated with indoor smoking despite California's smokefree workplace law. In a random sample of 121 stand-alone bars in San Francisco, trained observers collected data on patrons, staff, neighborhood, indoor settings and smoking behaviors. Using bivariate (chi-square) and hierarchical linear modeling analyses, we identified four correlates of patrons' indoor smoking: 1) bars serving predominantly Asian or Irish patrons, 2) ashtrays, 3) bartender smoking, and 4) female bartenders. Public health officials charged with enforcement of smokefree bar policies may need to attend to social practices within bars, and heighten perceptions of consistent enforcement of smokefree workplace laws. © 2009 by the authors.

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