Table 2

Initial attitudes of all bar workers seen at P1 in England (n = 178) and Scotland (n = 370)
Response1(%)
Question Country N 1 2 3 4 5 p-val2
A The ban on smoking will have a negative effect on business for public bars England 174 16 25 34 17 8 0.047
Scotland 369 16 33 33 15 3
B The smoking ban is an unfair restriction on smokers England 176 13 23 16 30 19 0.255
Scotland 367 13 16 16 35 20
C Fewer people will visit public bars after the ban on smoking England 174 14 26 26 29 5 0.986
Scotland 367 11 30 28 25 6
D The smoking ban will make smokers smoke more at home England 175 19 37 24 16 3 0.052
Scotland 369 15 33 29 21 3
E The smoking ban will result in jobs being lost England 176 9 15 32 37 8 0.203
Scotland 367 8 18 33 36 4
Country N 5 4 3 2 1 p-val
F Smoke free public bars will make visits to them more comfortable England 175 2 9 14 38 37 0.260
Scotland 369 2 8 14 33 43
G The smoking ban will encourage smokers to quit England 176 1 10 20 55 14 0.538
Scotland 369 1 9 21 51 19
H The smoking ban is needed to protect the health of workers England 175 2 5 9 42 42 0.342
Scotland 369 1 7 12 41 39
I Do you agree with the proposed ban on smoking in public bars? England 176 8 11 17 24 39 0.606
Scotland 367 10 12 10 27 42

1 Response: 1-Strongly Agree, 2- Agree, 3-Undecided, 4- Disagree, 5-Strongly Disagree.

2 The p-value is for the Mann–Whitney U test of whether there was a difference in the initial attitude of those in England to those in Scotland.

MacCalman et al.

MacCalman et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:324   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-324

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