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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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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