Smoke Free Areas Outside Bars Could Stamp Out “Social Smoking”

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February 21, 2012   A smoking ban in areas immediately outside bars could help curb “social smoking” because this type of smoking tends to go hand in hand with drinking, suggests a small qualitative study published in Tobacco Control. The international evidence suggests that while the overall prevalence of smoking has decreased, social smoking—smoking intermittently or only in given situations—has increased among young adults. Social smokers are not included in the statistics on smoking nor targeted by cessation programs, but they may progress to daily smoking relatively easily. In-depth interviews with social smokers revealed that drinking alcohol prompted cravings for a cigarette, which they wouldn’t otherwise experience. Most participants strongly backed a proposal to mandate smoke free areas outside bars, indicating that it would help them cut down or stop smoking.

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