Interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places

A qualitative study

Blake D. Poland, Lisa Stockton, Mary Jane Ashley, Linda Pederson, Joanna E Cohen, Roberta Ferrence, Shelley Bull

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Abstract

Few studies have employed a qualitative approach to better understand how both smokers and non-smokers experience and make sense of no-smoking restrictions in their daily lives. We describe qualitative research involving an examination of self-reported interpersonal interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places regarding exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Five focus group discussions and twenty individual in-depth interviews were conducted with smokers and non-smokers in the Metropolitan Toronto region as a complement to a quantitative survey of the adult population of Ontario. Strategies used by non-smokers in responding to ETS exposures included verbal confrontations, non-verbal cues, use of a third party, and moving away. The perceived consequences of such actions, as described by both smokers and non-smokers, are discussed, together with implications for tobacco control policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-333
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Volume90
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Poland, B. D., Stockton, L., Ashley, M. J., Pederson, L., Cohen, J. E., Ferrence, R., & Bull, S. (1999). Interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places: A qualitative study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 90(5), 330-333.

Interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places : A qualitative study. / Poland, Blake D.; Stockton, Lisa; Ashley, Mary Jane; Pederson, Linda; Cohen, Joanna E; Ferrence, Roberta; Bull, Shelley.

In: Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 90, No. 5, 09.1999, p. 330-333.

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Poland, BD, Stockton, L, Ashley, MJ, Pederson, L, Cohen, JE, Ferrence, R & Bull, S 1999, 'Interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places: A qualitative study', Canadian Journal of Public Health, vol. 90, no. 5, pp. 330-333.
Poland BD, Stockton L, Ashley MJ, Pederson L, Cohen JE, Ferrence R et al. Interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places: A qualitative study. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 1999 Sep;90(5):330-333.
Poland, Blake D. ; Stockton, Lisa ; Ashley, Mary Jane ; Pederson, Linda ; Cohen, Joanna E ; Ferrence, Roberta ; Bull, Shelley. / Interactions between smokers and non-smokers in public places : A qualitative study. In: Canadian Journal of Public Health. 1999 ; Vol. 90, No. 5. pp. 330-333.
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