Skip to main content

Table 3 Comparison of pre- and post-legislation attitudes in those followed up: for each question, percentages giving each response. N is the number of people analysed.

From: Expectations and changing attitudes of bar workers before and after the implementation of smoke-free legislation in Scotland

  Question N Period Response* (%) Mean Shift U-1** p-value
     1 2 3 4 5   
A The ban on smoking will have (has had) a negative effect on business for public bars 265 Pre 15.8 34.7 32.8 15.5 1.1 1.00 <0.001
    Post 4.5 14.7 22.2 41.9 16.6   
B The smoking ban is an unfair restriction on smokers 263 Pre 12.2 16.3 16.3 35.0 20.2 0.24 0.018
    Post 6.5 14.4 17.1 38.4 23.6   
C Fewer people will (now) visit public bars after (because of) the ban on smoking 264 Pre 10.6 31.4 27.7 25.8 4.5 0.78 <0.001
    Post 4.9 9.8 21.6 47.0 16.7   
D The smoking ban will make (has made) smokers smoke more at home 265 Pre 14.0 32.8 31.3 19.6 2.3 0.32 <0.001
    Post 7.5 18.0 48.3 23.8 2.3   
E The smoking ban will result (has resulted) in jobs being lost 265 Pre 8.3 17.7 34.7 35.1 4.2 0.55 <0.001
    Post 2.6 4.2 32.8 47.5 12.8   
     Response* (%)   
     5 4 3 2 1   
F Smoke free public bars will make (have made) visits to them more comfortable 265 Pre 1.5 9.4 15.1 30.2 43.8 0.20 0.018
    Post 1.1 6.0 11.3 29.8 51.7   
G The smoking ban will encourage (has encouraged) smokers to quit 265 Pre 0.8 7.9 21.9 51.3 18.1 -0.28 <0.001
    Post 3.0 11.7 26.4 49.8 9.1   
H The smoking ban is (was) needed to protect the health of workers 265 Pre 0.4 9.1 12.8 39.6 38.1 0.03 0.972
    Post 1.9 6.4 10.6 42.6 38.5   
I Do you agree with the proposed ban on smoking in public bars? 263 Pre 9.9 12.5 9.9 27.0 40.7 0.32 0.017
    Post 5.3 6.5 9.9 31.9 46.4   
  1. * Response: 1-Strongly Agree, 2-Agree, 3-Undecided, 4-Disagree, 5-Strongly Disagree
  2. ** Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney U-test of equal medians. Tests the overall change in attitude for each question.