Public opinion on smoke-free policies among Egyptians
Abstract:SETTING: A smoke-free law was passed in Egypt in 2007. In 2010 a bylaw was issued, leading to a drive by the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) to launch a smoke-free initiative in Alexandria, the second largest city.
OBJECTIVE: To assess public opinion with regard to 100% smoke-free legislation and its implementation in the Alexandria governorate.
DESIGN: The Union Middle-East Office, in collaboration with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics and the MOHP, conducted a cross-sectional survey among 427 randomly selected adults (206 males and 221 females), covering the seven major districts of the Alexandria governorate.
RESULTS: The majority of the interviewed subjects (98%) expressed support of the government in enacting 100% smoke-free indoor legislation in all public places and public transport. Respondents endorsed the government plan to implement legislation imposing 100% smoke-free public places. More than one third (33.5%) of all respondents indicated that they would increase visits to restaurants if they were smoke-free, and 63% indicated no impact at all.
CONCLUSION: The results of the poll clearly support results from different countries worldwide that smoke-free policies are popular and supported by the public.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt; Tobacco Control Department, Middle-East Office, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Cairo, Egypt 2: Central Agency of Public Mobilization and Statistics, Cairo, Egypt 3: Tobacco Control Department, Ministry of Health and Population, Cairo, Egypt 4: Ministry of Health and Population, Cairo, Egypt 5: Tobacco Control Department, Middle-East Office, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Cairo, Egypt; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Publication date: 2012-10-01
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