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A survey of restaurant smoking restrictions in a Japanese city.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16082158     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Japan has been behind the times in terms of promoting smoking control. The health-promotion law, which included the aim of preventing environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in public places, was newly introduced in Japan in 2003. The community-based survey on the present state of restaurant smoking restrictions and restaurant owners' concern of smoking is important as it is a reflection of the community's desire to prevent ETS. Data on the smoking restrictions in 163 restaurants in Yonago, one Japanese community, and the owners' smoking-related awareness were collected just one month after the law was enacted. This study revealed that only 6 (3.6%) restaurants were under sufficient conditions: 3 with totally smoke-free and 3 with complete non-smoking sections. The styles (e.g., Western-, Japanese- and Chinese-styles) and kinds of restaurants (e.g., family restaurants and tearooms) were not related to the state of smoking restrictions. Rates of smokers were relatively high among owners, and smoking owners significantly provided insufficient smoking restrictions. 26.4% of owners knew about the new law. However, there were no restaurants that started their smoking restrictions due to the law. Owners' knowledge of the law did not correlate with smoking restrictions. The owners especially feared the negative effects on business due to smoking restrictions. These survey findings suggested little protection from ETS in a sample of restaurants and a large gap in restaurant smoking restrictions compared to other countries. More widespread adoption of the health-promotion law in restaurants is an issue.
Kazuhiko Kotani; Yoneatsu Osaki; Youichi Kurozawa; Takuji Kishimoto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Tohoku journal of experimental medicine     Volume:  207     ISSN:  0040-8727     ISO Abbreviation:  Tohoku J. Exp. Med.     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-05     Completed Date:  2005-09-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417355     Medline TA:  Tohoku J Exp Med     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Health Administration and Promotion, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, Yonago, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollution, Indoor / legislation & jurisprudence*
Attitude to Health
Environmental Exposure
Tobacco Smoke Pollution
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Tobacco Smoke Pollution

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