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Smokefree workplaces linked to smokefree homes in India
Date:3/25/2013

th 52 per cent exposed at home.

Studies in the USA, Ireland and Scotland have found that implementation of comprehensive smokefree laws has been associated with reduced second-hand smoke in homes, but there has been little information about whether these benefits exist in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr Monika Arora, Director of Health Promotion & Tobacco Control at the Public Health Foundation of India, said: "This is a very important and timely study as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is scaling up its National Tobacco Control Program to all states of India under its twelfth five year plan. This evidence highlights the effectiveness of smokefree legislation in India and further highlights the changing norms in support of smokefree, which will provide substantial population level health benefits in India. India currently allows designated smoking areas under COTPA and evidence from this study does make a case for enforcing 100 per cent smoke free public places to further enhance the impact of smokefree legislation in India."

The research is published in Tobacco Control.


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Contact: Sam Wong
sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk
Imperial College London
Source:Eurekalert

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