Smoking restrictions in small businesses of inner west Sydney: A management perspective

K. McMaugh, C. Rissel

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This study investigated the extent of implementation of smoking restrictions in businesses of all sizes and focused on variables associated with restrictions in small businesses (six to 20 staff). For the main survey, 144 of the 252 eligible businesses responded (57%). In addition, 548 businesses of ineligible size identified whether they had restrictions or not. Of businesses with more than 20 employees, 89% had restrictions compared with 85% of businesses with six to 20 employees and 52% of businesses with fewer than six employees. Staff smoking was significantly related to restrictions. Management characteristics such as female gender, belief in the effectiveness of restrictions and the belief that passive smoking causes discomfort were related to the adoption of restrictions. Of businesses without restrictions, only 10% were planning to introduce them and 82% were unconcerned about being sued. Restrictions appear to be widespread, with few managers experiencing barriers to their implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Passive smoking
  • Small business
  • Smoke-free workplaces
  • Smoking


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