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- Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure
- smoke-free law
- leisure-hospitality sector
- environmental tobacco smoke
- qualitative study
The ‘smoke-free law’ in Portugal was introduced on 1 January 2008,1 with the aim of making virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces smoke-free. However, this law could potentially be ineffective in creating smoke-free environments, particularly in the leisure-hospitality sector, since it permits the creation of identified smoking areas. These have to be separated from non-smoking areas by physical barriers or have separate ventilation systems which are (supposedly) able to prevent smoke spreading to adjacent areas. In either case, the removal of exhaust air to the outside has to be guaranteed, in order to …
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