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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(9), 4012-4026; doi:10.3390/ijerph10094012

Perception of Tourists Regarding the Smoke-Free Policy at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand

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Health Administration Department, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, 420/1 Rajvithi Road, Rajthevi District, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
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Saath-Saath Project, FHI360, GPO Box 8803, Gopal Bhawan, Anamika Galli Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Health Administration Department, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, 420/1 Rajvithi Road, Rajthevi District, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 11 June 2013 / Revised: 13 August 2013 / Accepted: 15 August 2013 / Published: 30 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Control in Vulnerable Population Groups)
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Abstract

This study was conducted during February-March 2012 to determine the perception and support regarding smoke-free policy among tourists at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand. In this cross-sectional study, 200 tourists (n = 200) were enrolled by convenience sampling and interviewed by structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics, chi-square, and multinomial logistic regression were adopted in the study. Results revealed that half (50%) of the tourists were current smokers and 55% had visited Thailand twice or more. Three quarter (76%) of tourists indicated that they would visit Thailand again even if it had a 100% smoke-free regulation. Almost all (99%) of the tourists had supported for the smoke-free policy (partial ban and total ban), and current smokers had higher percentage of support than non-smokers. Two factors, current smoking status and knowledge level, were significantly associated with perception level. After analysis with Multinomial Logistic Regression, it was found that perception, country group, and presence of designated smoking room (DSR) were associated with smoke-free policy. Recommendation is that, at institution level effective monitoring system is needed at the airport. At policy level, the recommendation is that effective comprehensive policy needed to be emphasized to ensure smoke-free airport environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourists; smoke-free policy; smoke-free airport; perception; Thailand tourists; smoke-free policy; smoke-free airport; perception; Thailand
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Sirichotiratana, N.; Yogi, S.; Prutipinyo, C. Perception of Tourists Regarding the Smoke-Free Policy at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 4012-4026.

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