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Zur Problematik des Passivrauchens am Arbeitsplatz: eine Umfrage am Universitätsspital Zürich


Witta, A; Gutzwiller, Felix; Largiadèr, F; Frick, T (1997). Zur Problematik des Passivrauchens am Arbeitsplatz: eine Umfrage am Universitätsspital Zürich. Swiss Medical Weekly, 127(4):95-101.

Abstract

The consequences of involuntary smoking are well documented. We conducted a survey among all employees of the University Hospital, Zurich, to assess their smoking habits and feelings about restrictions or a ban on smoking. In March 1995, a questionnaire was mailed to all 5230 hospital employees, 2620 (50.1%) completed forms were sent back. 76% of all staff are confronted with cigarette smoke during their worktime. 83% of these employees are distressed by tobacco smoke, and 43% feel that involuntary smoking affects their health. 19% of all employees are smokers. 19% of these are distressed by smokers at work themselves, whereas 13% feel that they are discriminated against by non-smokers. Restriction to designated smoking rooms (68%) or a ban on smoking (27%) would be supported by 95% of all employees. Even 89% of the smokers support smoking restrictions. These results show that there is a considerable demand for a smoke-free working environment among university hospital staff.

Abstract

The consequences of involuntary smoking are well documented. We conducted a survey among all employees of the University Hospital, Zurich, to assess their smoking habits and feelings about restrictions or a ban on smoking. In March 1995, a questionnaire was mailed to all 5230 hospital employees, 2620 (50.1%) completed forms were sent back. 76% of all staff are confronted with cigarette smoke during their worktime. 83% of these employees are distressed by tobacco smoke, and 43% feel that involuntary smoking affects their health. 19% of all employees are smokers. 19% of these are distressed by smokers at work themselves, whereas 13% feel that they are discriminated against by non-smokers. Restriction to designated smoking rooms (68%) or a ban on smoking (27%) would be supported by 95% of all employees. Even 89% of the smokers support smoking restrictions. These results show that there is a considerable demand for a smoke-free working environment among university hospital staff.

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Other titles:Passive smoking in the workplace: a survey in the Zurich University Hospital
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:1997
Deposited On:03 Jun 2014 14:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:54
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
ISSN:0036-7672
PubMed ID:9064756

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