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Is the implementation of smoke-free policies at workplaces associated with living in a smoke-free home?: Findings from a national population-based study in Malaysia
 
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Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Temerloh, Malaysia
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School of Science, Monash University Malaysia, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Kuang Hock Lim   

Institute for Medical Research
Publish date: 2019-06-07
 
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2019;17(June):51
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Introduction:
Studies have shown that the implementation of smoke-free policies at workplaces have shifted the social norms towards secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure at home. This study aimed to investigate whether working in a smokefree workplace is associated with living in a smoke-free home (SFH).

Methods:
The data were derived from the Malaysian Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-M), collected in 2011–2012, involving 4250 respondents. Data analyses involved 1343 respondents reported to be in the working population.

Results:
More than half of the respondents (58.5%) were reportedly working in smoke-free workplaces. Almost a quarter (24.8%) of those who worked in smokefree workplaces stayed in smoke-free homes, which was more than two times higher than their counterparts who worked at non-smoke-free workplaces (24.8% vs 12.0%, p<0.001). Multivariable analyses further substantiated this finding (AOR=2.01, 95% CI: 1.11–3.61, reference group = worked at non-smoke-free workplaces).

Conclusions:
This study found an association between living in smoke-free homes and working at smoke-free workplaces, which could suggest a positive impact of implementing smoke-free workplaces.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We thank the Director General of Health, Malaysia for permission to publish this article. We would also like to thank those who were involved in the study and those who assisted in the collection and management of the data for their support and cooperation.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
FUNDING
The project was funded by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.
PROVENANCE AND PEER REVIEW
Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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