Responding to change: how did bar workers adapt to the smoke-free legislation in Scotland?

Douglas R. Eadie, Susan G. MacAskill, Derek Heim, Gerard B. Hastings

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In recent years a number of countries have implemented comprehensive smoking bans to protect workers from adverse effects of exposure to second-hand smoke. It is also well known that many key stakeholders working in hospitality settings are themselves smokers. This paper reports the findings of a longitudinal qualitative study conducted with bar workers following the implementation of smoke-free legislation in Scotland. It examines the effects of smoking prevalence and status on support for smoke-free legislation, and its impact on business and working practices as well as bar workers' smoking behaviour both in and outside of the workplace. The results highlight a need for targeted assistance for businesses serving disadvantaged communities both to adapt commercially to the legislation and to provide cessation support to workers who smoke.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-26
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jan 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • tobacco smoke pollution
  • legislation
  • Scotland
  • workplace
  • poverty


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