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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 26, 2013
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      Smoke prohibition at work leads to smokefree homes
      ANI | Mar 26, 2013, 04.32 PM IST

      Adults in India are more likely to abstain from smoking at home if
      they are prohibited from smoking at work, a new study has found.

      According to data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey India,
      2009/2010, 64 percent of adults who work in smokefree environments
      live in a smokefree home, compared with 42 percent of those who work
      where smoking is permitted.

      The proportion of smokefree homes is higher in states with higher
      proportions of smokefree workplaces.

      The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and the Public
      Health Foundation of India (PHFI), said that the findings suggest that
      the implementation of smokefree legislation in India may have resulted
      in substantial health benefits for the population, particularly for
      women and children.

      "This study suggests that, in India, there is good evidence that
      smokefree laws in workplaces are associated with a reduction in
      second-hand smoke at home," Dr John Tayu Lee, from the School of
      Public Health at Imperial College London, who led the study said.

      "The results support the idea of 'norm spreading', whereby
      restrictions on smoking in public places make it seem less acceptable
      to expose others to second-hand smoke more generally, including at
      home," Dr Christopher Millett, from the School of Public Health at
      Imperial said.

      "They highlight the importance of accelerating the implementation of
      smokefree legislation more widely in India," he said.

      According to the survey, there are 110 million smokers in India.
      National legislation prohibiting smoking in public places and
      workplaces was introduced in 2008, but the law is not comprehensive as
      it permits designated smoking areas in large restaurants and hotels.

      Enforcement of the law is highly variable and the penalty is a modest
      fine of 200 rupees.

      Nationally, 30 percent of adults report being exposed to second-hand
      smoke at work, with 52 percent exposed at home.

      Studies in the USA, Ireland and Scotland have found that
      implementation of comprehensive smokefree laws has been associated
      with reduced second-hand smoke in homes, but there has been little
      information about whether these benefits exist in low- and
      middle-income countries.

      The research is published in Tobacco Control.

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