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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Targeting London Based Bangaladeshi Waiters, Bar Staff and Hospitality Workers before the 2007 Smoking Ban

Kawaldip Sehmi, MBA, QUIT, 211 Old Street, London, United Kingdom

Objective: To evaluate if Bangladeshi restaurant workers and hospitality staff would access and benifit from work place smoking cessation programmes and from advocacy training in light of the pending smoke free public and work place banning legislation in 2007.

Chiken Tikka Masala has replaced Fish and Chips as England's national dish (Bisadol Survey 1999) and there are now over 9000 South Asian Restaurants in the UK- 7200 are Bangladeshi owned and staffed. (MCB Survey 2003).

Bangladeshi community has the highest smoking prevalence rates in England (44%) (Health Survey England 1999).

These restaurant workers will be playing a big part in the national smoke free debate.

Methods: We provided work place smoking cessation counselling involving an intensive intervention, supported by self-help material in 5 languages.

We also ran a training programme in tobacco control and smoking cessation that reached out to all waiters. This provided the waiters with leadership and advocacy skills

A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods were used. A questionaire survey of all the participants at 3 months was compared to a survey at the start that evaluated awareness, attitudes and smoking status. Focus groups studies measured the more complex smoke free ban related issues.

Results: Waiters who had attended the courses were more positive towards the smoke-free bans than those who hadn't.

The attitudes towards smoking cesssation was affected by the training as more waiters wanted to quit after the training. The quit rates in work place programmes were higher than the standard rates mentioned in the literature reviews.