Effects of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a medical center

K. P. Offord, R. D. Hurt, K. G. Berge, D. K. Frusti, L. Schmidt

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The implementation of a smoke-free policy in this medical center was associated with a decrease in the prevalence of regular cigarette smoking from 16.7 percent to 13.8 percent and a smoking cessation rate of 22.5 percent among regular smokers over the 2 1/2 years since the policy was announced. This decrease in prevalence is the result of both smoking cessation among existing employees and less frequent regular smoking among new employees. At two-year follow-up, the policy was overwhelmingly endorsed by medical center staff overall but was viewed less favorably by those who continued to smoke. Nevertheless, over the 2 1/2 years, many of these smokers have been in the action stage of cessation (37.1 percent made a serious attempt to stop smoking, 20.7 percent had used nicotine polacrilex in a smoking-cessation effort, and 13.8 percent had attended a formal cessation program). The implementation of a smoke-free policy has made a significant contribution toward providing a healthful work environment and toward encouraging nonsmoking behavior in staff and patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1531-1536
Number of pages6
JournalChest
Volume102
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1992

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Offord, K. P., Hurt, R. D., Berge, K. G., Frusti, D. K., & Schmidt, L. (1992). Effects of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a medical center. Chest, 102(5), 1531-1536.

Effects of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a medical center. / Offord, K. P.; Hurt, R. D.; Berge, K. G.; Frusti, D. K.; Schmidt, L.

In: Chest, Vol. 102, No. 5, 1992, p. 1531-1536.

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Offord, KP, Hurt, RD, Berge, KG, Frusti, DK & Schmidt, L 1992, 'Effects of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a medical center', Chest, vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 1531-1536.
Offord KP, Hurt RD, Berge KG, Frusti DK, Schmidt L. Effects of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a medical center. Chest. 1992;102(5):1531-1536.
Offord, K. P. ; Hurt, R. D. ; Berge, K. G. ; Frusti, D. K. ; Schmidt, L. / Effects of the implementation of a smoke-free policy in a medical center. In: Chest. 1992 ; Vol. 102, No. 5. pp. 1531-1536.
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