Awareness and attitude to the law banning smoking in public places in Osun State, Nigeria
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Department of Community Health, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Department of Preventive Medicine, State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, Nigeria
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Submission date: 2013-12-27
Acceptance date: 2014-03-21
Publication date: 2014-03-27
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Samuel Anu Olowookere   

Department of Community Health, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Tobacco Induced Diseases 2014;12(March):6
This study determined the awareness and attitude towards the Osun state prohibition of smoking in public places law.

Descriptive cross-sectional study design. 520 consenting respondents recruited using a convenience sampling method were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire covering their smoking pattern, awareness and attitude towards the law of prohibition of smoking in public places in Osun State. Data analyzed using descriptive and chi-square statistics.

Only 38% were aware of the law while none had seen the document. Fifty six percent felt cigarette smoking is a problem that required the law to be implemented, while only 20% agreed that the law will stop tobacco use. The radio (58%), bill boards (45%) and newspapers (44%) were the major sources of awareness of the law. The perception of risk posed to the public and family health by cigarette smoking was poor among the participants.

There is poor awareness and attitude to the law of prohibition of smoking in public places in Osun State. It is necessary to increase sensitization of the general public and enforcement of the law.

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