CSR: Smoke prohibition at work leads to smokefree homes
- From: Tanya Mahajan
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
"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
The research is published in Tobacco Control.