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Smoke free areas do not harm profits, survey shows

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1232-d (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1232
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Creating no smoking areas in bars and restaurants does not lead to loss of income and can bring many advantages, according to a new survey conducted in five European countries.

    The survey of 1754 owners, leaseholders, and employees of bars and restaurants showed that 73% of respondents believed that a smoke free area protects the health of customers, owners, and employees, while responding to public demand. A similar number (78%) agreed that environmental tobacco smoke increases the risk of lung cancer.

    The findings of the survey, which was conducted by separate organisations in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, and …

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