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Indoor smoking bans in Bulgaria, Croatia, Northern Cyprus, Romania and Turkey
  1. J L Muilenburg1,
  2. J S Legge Jr2,
  3. A Burdell1
  1. 1College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
  2. 2School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Jerome S Legge Jr, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, 206 Candler Hall, Athens, GA 30602, USA; jlegge{at}


Background The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes towards attempts to limit second-hand smoke (SHS) in five Eastern European nations.

Methods The data consist of a Eurobarometer (64.3) survey distributed from November to December 2005. Logistic regression was employed to investigate support levels for indoor smoking bans across the five political units.

Results Across nations, there is more support for smoking bans in offices and indoor work spaces and indoor public space as opposed to restaurants and bars and pubs. Personal smoking behaviours are linked strongly with the smoking bans. Most importantly, it is specific knowledge about the health dangers of smoking which fosters support for indoor smoking bans.

Conclusion Policy implications suggest that government and the media must disseminate accurate information about the harm of smoking to broader segments of the population to gain support for policies that affect the dangers of SHS in these nations.

  • Second hand smoke (SHS)
  • indoor smoking bans
  • public health policy (Eastern Europe)
  • environmental tobacco smoke
  • public opinion polls
  • public policy

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the TNS Opinion and Social/EOS Gallup Europe, Brussels, Belgium.

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

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