Support for smoke-free policies in the Cyprus hospitality industry

Lambros Lazuras, Christos S. Savva, Michael A. Talias, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades

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Objectives The present study used attitudinal and behavioural indicators to measure support for smoke-free policies among employers and employees in the hospitality industry in Cyprus. Methods A representative sample of 600 participants (95% response rate) completed anonymous structured questionnaires on demographic variables, smoking status, exposure to second-hand smoke at work and related health beliefs, social norms, and smoke-free policy support. Results Participants were predominantly males (68.3%), with a mean age of 40 years (SD = 12.69), and 39.7%were employers/owners of the hospitality venue. Analysis of variance showed that employers and smokers were less supportive of smoke-free policies, as compared to employees and non-smokers. Linear regression models showed that attitudes towards smoke-free policy were predicted by smoking status, SHS exposure and related health beliefs, and social norm variables. Logistic regression analysis showed that willingness to confront a policy violator was predicted by SHS exposure, perceived prevalence of smoker clients, and smoke-free policy attitudes. Conclusions SHS exposure and related health beliefs, and normative factors should be targeted by interventions aiming to promote policy support in the hospitality industry in Cyprus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-917
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyprus
  • Hospitality industry
  • Policy support
  • Smoke-free policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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