Bar workers in Scotland are positive about the smoking ban
posted on: Jul 16, 2008
New research published in the journal BMC Public Health reveals bar workers in Scotland are positive about the smoking ban, but expressed concerns about the impact of the ban on older men and potential increased risk of drink spiking.
In a study led by Dr Shona Hilton at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow, in-depth interviews were conducted with twelve bar workers identified from a larger quantitative study evaluating the impact of the legislation in Scotland [the Bar Workers' Health and Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure project (BHETSE)].
Bar workers all spoke of the improvements the legislation had brought to their working lives and the greater comfort it appeared to offer patrons. Bar workers reported that patrons were generally quick to accept and comply with the new law, and that families had become a greater feature of pub life since the legislation. However, they expressed concerns that older men seemed to have had most difficulty adjusting to the legislation and lack of knowledge about the best practices they should adopt in order to reduce the risks of unattended drinks being spiked and of anti-social behaviour associated with patrons moving outside to smoke.
Dr Hilton said: "Smoke-free legislation is changing the social context of smoking in Scotland. Our study shows that further research to assess the impact the legislation is having on older male smokers and on the incidence of drink spiking would be useful".