Skip to main content

Prevalence and determinants of SHS exposure in public and private areas after the 2010 smoke-free legislation in Greece

Background

The objective of the present survey was to assess the extent and socioeconomic determinants of population exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) in Greece in 2011.

Materials and methods

The national household survey Hellas Health IV was conducted in October 2011. SHS exposure was based on self-reported exposure within home, workplace and public places.

Results

33.1% of the respondents reported living in a smoke-free home. Smokers (p<0.001) and single individuals (p<0.017) were less likely to prohibit smoking at home. SHS exposure at work, in restaurants and in bars/clubs/cafes was frequently mentioned by 41.6%, 84.2% and 90.5% respectively. SHS exposure in a bar/club/café was noted more among single individuals (p=0.004) and those aged 18-34 years (p=0.007).

Conclusions

Inhabitants of rural areas were more likely to report someone smoking indoors in all the above venues. Public health education and effective enforcement of the nationwide smoke-free legislation are imperative.

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sotiria Schoretsaniti.

Rights and permissions

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Schoretsaniti, S., Filippidis, F.T., Vardavas, C.I. et al. Prevalence and determinants of SHS exposure in public and private areas after the 2010 smoke-free legislation in Greece. Tob. Induced Dis. 12, A16 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1617-9625-12-S1-A16

Download citation

Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Internal Medicine
  • Rural Area
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Education
\