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The importance of public opinion in the formation of smokefree places policies is indicated by the efforts of the tobacco industry to obscure issues and counter information.1,2 Over 30% of New Zealand workers are currently estimated to be exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) at work.3 New legislation was passed in December 2003 that will have the effect of banning smoking in nearly all New Zealand workplaces, including bars/pubs.4
Using data from two sets of national telephone surveys by UMR Research Ltd and CM Research Ltd5–7 (table 1) we examined: (1) New Zealand survey responses during 1999–2003 on smoke-free bars/pubs; …