UWE researchers confirm need for smoke-free legislation

Issue date: 24 February 2006


Cigarettes UWE Researchers confirm need for smoke-free legislation

A report published this week in the Journal of Public Health by researchers from the University of the West of England underlines the benefits of the House of Commons' decision to make all workplaces smoke-free in England.

The paper, Attitudes towards second hand smoke amongst a highly exposed workforce: survey of London casino workers, found that nearly 80 percent of the casino workers questioned were concerned about exposure to second hand smoke, over half feel as though it has affected their health, and 65 percent would prefer to work in a totally smoke-free environment.

Paul Pilkington, lecturer in Public Health and one of the study authors, said; “The decision to introduce smoke-free legislation across all workplaces has generally been well received, as people realise the need to protect workers from second hand
smoke. Our research shows that exposure to second hand smoke is an important concern for workers. I'm sure most of the casino workers who took part in our survey will be delighted with the thoughts of working in a smoke-free environment.”

The paper can be accessed via the Journal of Public Health website

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Editor's notes


P.A. Pilkington, S. Gray, A.B. Gilmore, and N. Daykin. Attitudes towards second hand smoke amongst a highly exposed workforce: survey of London casino workers. Journal of Public Health Advanced Access published February 23rd, 2006.


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