Effects of new smoking regulations in Italy

S. Gallus, P. Zuccaro, P. Colombo, G. Apolone, R. Pacifici, S. Garattini, C. La Vecchia

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Abstract

Background: From 10 January 2005 the Italian government banned smoking in all indoor public places. We conducted a population-based survey to provide information on attitudes towards smoking regulation and to disentangle the impact of the smoking ban on tobacco consumption. Patients and methods: We considered data from a survey on smoking, based on 3114 subjects aged 15 or over, representative of the general adult Italian population in terms of age, sex, geographic area and socioeconomic status. Results: Once smoke-free policies were introduced, support for them in the public opinion tended to increase. In Italy, smoke-free policies accounted for around 8% decrease in cigarette consumption in the short run. Moreover, tobacco bans were almost universally accepted, and the smoke-free legislation did not seem to unfavourably affect the business of restaurants or cafes. Conclusions: The results of our study on the first extensive smoking ban in a large country show the advantages of smoke-free legislations, which may have major public health implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-347
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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Public Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Italy
  • Population survey
  • Smoking bans
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Workplace smoking

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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Effects of new smoking regulations in Italy. / Gallus, S.; Zuccaro, P.; Colombo, P.; Apolone, G.; Pacifici, R.; Garattini, S.; La Vecchia, C.

In: Annals of Oncology, Vol. 17, No. 2, 02.2006, p. 346-347.

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Gallus, S, Zuccaro, P, Colombo, P, Apolone, G, Pacifici, R, Garattini, S & La Vecchia, C 2006, 'Effects of new smoking regulations in Italy', Annals of Oncology, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 346-347. https://doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdj070
Gallus, S. ; Zuccaro, P. ; Colombo, P. ; Apolone, G. ; Pacifici, R. ; Garattini, S. ; La Vecchia, C. / Effects of new smoking regulations in Italy. In: Annals of Oncology. 2006 ; Vol. 17, No. 2. pp. 346-347.
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