Compliance of drugstores with a national smoke-free law: A pilot survey

Nimpitakpong, P., Dhippayom, T., Chaiyakunapruk, N., Aromdee, J., Chotbunyong, S. and Charnnarong, S. (2010) Compliance of drugstores with a national smoke-free law: A pilot survey. Public Health, 124 3: 131-135. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2010.01.013

Author Nimpitakpong, P.
Dhippayom, T.
Chaiyakunapruk, N.
Aromdee, J.
Chotbunyong, S.
Charnnarong, S.
Title Compliance of drugstores with a national smoke-free law: A pilot survey
Journal name Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-3506
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.puhe.2010.01.013
Volume 124
Issue 3
Start page 131
End page 135
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher W.B. Saunders
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To examine the outcome of the recent implementation of a smoke-free policy in drugstores in Thailand, comparing participants and non-participants of the 100% smokefree drugstore campaign promoted by the Thai Pharmacy Network for Tobacco Control (TPNTC).
Study design: A cross-sectional survey of 3600 drugstores in Thailand.
Method: Smoking prevalence on the premises, the number of stores displaying no-smoking signs, and the number of stores selling cigarettes were examined.
Results: In total, 1001 questionnaires were returned (27.8% response rate). Smoking prevalences inside and outside drugstores in the past month were 26.4% and 84.7%, respectively. Seven percent of drugstores had at least one staff member who smoked tobacco. Overall, 63.3% of drugstores displayed no-smoking signs, as required by law. Compared with non-participating drugstores, those which participated in the TPNTC smoke-free campaign more frequently reported that they had asked smokers to stop smoking/leave the premises, in addition to possessing and displaying no-smoking signs.
Conclusion: Approximately one-third of drugstores in this survey did not meet the terms of the recent smoke-free regulation. The TPNTC campaign improved the compliance of drugstores with the law in various aspects. This study was considered a pilot study, and despite the low response rate, the findings suggest a need for further action to ensure that all drugstores comply with the law and are 100% smoke-free.
© 2010 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Smoke-free policy
Smoke-free campaign
Community pharmacy
No-smoking sign
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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