Effect of a smoke-free policy on staff attitudes and behaviours within an Australian metropolitan health service: A 3 year cross-sectional study

Nicole Hale, Andrea M. Murphy, Jon R. Adams, Cylie M. Williams

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Objective. In 2010, Peninsula Health (Vic., Australia), became smoke free as part of the locally developed smoking prevention and cessation strategy. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of a smoke-free policy on smoking status and employee attitudes over a 3-year period. Methods. Data were collected by three surveys 6 months before and 6 months and 3 years after policy introduction. Demographic data, smoking status and attitudes to the introduction of the smoke-free policy were collected for analysis. Results. There were 3224 individual responses collected over three time points with similar demographics at each time. There were fewer employees smoking at 6 months (P = 0.010) and 3 years (P < 0.001) after implementation of the policy. There were more employees who felt positive towards the policy 3 years after its introduction (P = 0.028). There were greater odds of an employee not identifying as a smoker after the policy was in place than before the policy was implemented. Conclusions. The introduction of a smoke-free policy within a health service was an upstream health intervention that was well accepted by staff and appeared to have a positive effect on smoking behaviours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Health Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • attitudinal change
  • health promotion
  • organisation
  • tobacco control
  • workplace policy.

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