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Impact of a smoking ban in public places: a rapid assessment in the Seychelles
  1. Bharathi Viswanathan1,
  2. Chloé Plumettaz2,
  3. Jude Gedeon1,
  4. Pascal Bovet1,2
  1. 1Ministry of Health, NCD Section, Victoria, Republic of Seychelles
  2. 2Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP) and University Hospital Centre (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pascal Bovet, Consultant, NCD Section, Ministry of Health, PO Box 52, Victoria, Seychelles; bovet.pascal{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Background We assessed the impact of a smoking ban in hospitality venues in the Seychelles 9 months after legislation was implemented.

Methods Survey officers observed compliance with the smoking ban in 38 most popular hospitality venues and administered a structured questionnaire to two customers, two workers and one manager in each venue.

Results Virtually no customers or workers were seen smoking in the indoor premises. Patrons, workers and managers largely supported the ban. The personnel of the hospitality venues reported that most smokers had no difficulty refraining from smoking. However, a third of workers did not systematically request customers to stop smoking and half of them did not report adequate training. Workers reported improved health. No substantial change in the number of customers was noted.

Conclusion A ban on public smoking was generally well implemented in hospitality venues but some less than optimal findings suggest the need for adequate training of workers and strengthened enforcement measures. The simple and inexpensive methodology used in this rapid survey may be a useful approach to evaluate the implementation and impact of clean air policy in low and middle-income countries.

  • Enforcement
  • law
  • policy compliance
  • secondhand smoking
  • survey method
  • Seychelles
  • Africa
  • environmental tobacco smoke
  • harm reduction
  • public opinion polls
  • public policy
  • surveillance and monitoring

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval The study was approved by the authorities of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of the Seychelles after technical and ethical review.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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