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First exploratory descriptive study on adherence to and compliance with the Portuguese smoke-free law in the leisure-hospitality sector
  1. Maria de Fátima Reis1,
  2. José Precioso2,
  3. Luís Rebelo1,3,
  4. Rita Carrola1,
  5. Pedro Aguiar1
  1. 1Instituto de Medicina Preventiva, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
  2. 2Universidade do Minho, Largo do Paço, Braga, Portugal
  3. 3Confederação Portuguesa de Prevenção do Tabagismo, Av República, Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Professor Maria de Fátima Reis, Instituto de Medicina Preventiva, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Edifício Egas Moniz, Piso 0, Ala C, Lisboa 1649-028, Portugal; mfreis{at}

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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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