Online Program

New York state clean indoor air compliance observational study: Ten years post implementation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Deepa Rajulu, MS, New York State Department of Health Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY
Harlan R. Juster, PhD, New York State Department of Health Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY
In 2003, New York State passed a comprehensive Clean Indoor Air law that prohibited smoking in most public and private indoor work areas including hospitality venues such as bars, restaurants, and bowling facilities. This law is designed to reduce exposure to second hand smoke of non-smoking patrons and of employees who work in such facilities. A ten year follow-up observational study to determine compliance with the Clean Indoor Air law and the degree of cigarette smoking in a sample of bars and restaurants in each of the counties in New York State will be conducted in Spring 2013. Previously, follow-up observations were conducted one month before the law and one, six, 12 and 36 months following implementation of the law. In addition to routine information about the facility and the observation including location, seating capacity, time and day of observation, name of observer, etc. specific indicators such as smoking, presence of ashtrays, visibility of cigarette smoke, smoking-related signage, and presence of tobacco industry promotional items will also be collected. Observations will be conducted by locally funded contractors of the New York State Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program. Although previous observational studies have shown that compliance with the law has been rapid and robust in restaurants, compliance in bars has traditionally lagged. We will share findings from this ten year follow-up study and discuss general compliance and highlight the difference in compliance by venue type.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Discuss findings from a ten year observational follow-up study of a random sample of bars and restaurants in New York designed to assess compliance with the statewide comprehensive Clean Indoor Air law.

Keyword(s): Tobacco, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work in the Tobacco Surveillance Evaluation and Research Team in the Division of Chronic Disease at the New York State Department of Health. My team planned, designed, and implemented this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.