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Predicting smokers' non-compliance with smoking restrictions in public places.
Tob Control 2009; 18(2):127-31TC

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The present study aimed to identify the predictors of non-compliance with smoking restrictions among Greek college student smokers. Differences in attitudes to smoking bans and tobacco control policies between current smokers and non-smokers were also examined.

METHODS

Data were collected from college students (n = 229, mean (SD) age 21.27 (3.15) years). Measures included tobacco dependence, attitudes to tobacco control policies, outcome expectancy and normative beliefs.

RESULTS

The majority of current smokers reported non-compliance with existing restrictions. Logistic regression analysis showed that non-compliance was significantly predicted by (less) anticipated regret from tobacco-related health harm, tobacco dependence and perceived prevalence and social acceptability of smoking. Analysis of variance indicated that current non-smokers held significantly more positive attitudes to smoking bans and tobacco control policies than current smokers.

CONCLUSIONS

Smoking was highly prevalent, and more than half of current smokers reported not complying with existing regulations in public places. Smokers' attitudes to smoking bans and tobacco control policies did not have an effect on compliance behaviour. Future policies to promote compliance with smoking restrictions in Greece should target health-related anticipated regret, and perceived social norms.

Authors+Show Affiliations

SEERC, 24 Prox. Koromila Street, 54624 Thessaloniki, Greece. llazuras@seerc.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19131455

Citation

Lazuras, L, et al. "Predicting Smokers' Non-compliance With Smoking Restrictions in Public Places." Tobacco Control, vol. 18, no. 2, 2009, pp. 127-31.
Lazuras L, Eiser JR, Rodafinos A. Predicting smokers' non-compliance with smoking restrictions in public places. Tob Control. 2009;18(2):127-31.
Lazuras, L., Eiser, J. R., & Rodafinos, A. (2009). Predicting smokers' non-compliance with smoking restrictions in public places. Tobacco Control, 18(2), pp. 127-31. doi:10.1136/tc.2008.025841.
Lazuras L, Eiser JR, Rodafinos A. Predicting Smokers' Non-compliance With Smoking Restrictions in Public Places. Tob Control. 2009;18(2):127-31. PubMed PMID: 19131455.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Predicting smokers' non-compliance with smoking restrictions in public places. AU - Lazuras,L, AU - Eiser,J R, AU - Rodafinos,A, Y1 - 2009/01/08/ PY - 2009/1/10/entrez PY - 2009/1/10/pubmed PY - 2010/3/17/medline SP - 127 EP - 31 JF - Tobacco control JO - Tob Control VL - 18 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to identify the predictors of non-compliance with smoking restrictions among Greek college student smokers. Differences in attitudes to smoking bans and tobacco control policies between current smokers and non-smokers were also examined. METHODS: Data were collected from college students (n = 229, mean (SD) age 21.27 (3.15) years). Measures included tobacco dependence, attitudes to tobacco control policies, outcome expectancy and normative beliefs. RESULTS: The majority of current smokers reported non-compliance with existing restrictions. Logistic regression analysis showed that non-compliance was significantly predicted by (less) anticipated regret from tobacco-related health harm, tobacco dependence and perceived prevalence and social acceptability of smoking. Analysis of variance indicated that current non-smokers held significantly more positive attitudes to smoking bans and tobacco control policies than current smokers. CONCLUSIONS: Smoking was highly prevalent, and more than half of current smokers reported not complying with existing regulations in public places. Smokers' attitudes to smoking bans and tobacco control policies did not have an effect on compliance behaviour. Future policies to promote compliance with smoking restrictions in Greece should target health-related anticipated regret, and perceived social norms. SN - 1468-3318 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19131455/Predicting_smokers'_non_compliance_with_smoking_restrictions_in_public_places_ L2 - http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=19131455 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -