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Challenges in smoking cessation
P186 Public attitudes to the UK smoking ban
  1. M Dockrell1,
  2. E DeLacy1,
  3. R Morrison1,
  4. T Buchanan1,
  5. K E Lewis2
  1. 1Action on Smoking in Health, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK


Aim To record public attitudes to the 2006–2007 UK bans on smoking in enclosed public and workplaces.

Methods We commissioned a survey of the YouGov Plc British panel of 185 000+ people (aged 18+). An email was sent to panellists, selected at random using a sophisticated sampling matrix, to be representative of each country. Three surveys were conducted between 25 and 30 March 2009. We obtained answers from n=10 895 adults in England, n=1023 adults in Wales, and n=1157 adults in Scotland. The results for all three countries were merged at analysis stage and re-weighted to be representative of the overall GB population. We had data from 13 075 adults, 52% female, mean age 45.5 years (range 18–88 years), 22% of whom reported continued smoking at least occasionally.

Results Overall, 79.1% supported the ban, 14.6% opposed the ban and 6.2% were unsure. The Abstract P186 Table 1 describes responses by smoking status:

Conclusions There remain differences in opinion between smokers and non-smokers but public support for the ban on smoking in public and workplaces remains high. Most people (including smokers) believe the ban has significant beneficial health effects at all levels.

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