TitleCompliance with smoke-free policies in korean bars and restaurants in california: a descriptive analysis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsIrvin, VL, C Hofstetter, R, Nichols, JF, Chambers, CD, Usita, PM, Norman, GJ, Kang, S, Hovell, MF
JournalAsian Pac J Cancer Prev
Date Published2015
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Asian Continental Ancestry Group, California, Cohort Studies, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Restaurants, Smoke-Free Policy, Smoking, Smoking Prevention, Tobacco Smoke Pollution, Workplace, Young Adult

BACKGROUND: Compliance with California's smoke-free restaurant and bar policies may be more a function of social contingencies and less a function of legal contingencies. The aims of this study were: 1) to report indications of compliance with smoke-free legislation in Korean bars and restaurants in California; 2) to examine the demographic, smoking status, and acculturation factors of who smoked indoors; and 3) to report social cues in opposition to smoking among a sample of Koreans in California.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected by telephone surveys administered by bilingual interviewers between 2007-2009, and included California adults of Korean descent who visited a Korean bar or restaurant in a typical month (N=2,173, 55% female).

RESULTS: 1% of restaurant-going participants smoked inside while 7% observed someone else smoke inside a Korean restaurant. Some 23% of bar-going participants smoked inside and 65% observed someone else smoke inside a Korean bar. Presence of ashtrays was related to indoor smoking in bars and restaurants. Among participants who observed smoking, a higher percentage observed someone ask a smoker to stop (17.6%) or gesture to a smoker (27.0%) inside Korean restaurants (N=169) than inside Korean bars (n=141, 17.0% observed verbal cue and 22.7% observed gesture). Participants who smoked inside were significantly younger and more acculturated than participants who did not. Less acculturated participants were significantly more to likely to be told to stop smoking.

CONCLUSIONS: Ten years after implementation of ordinances, smoking appears to be common in Korean bars in California.

Alternate JournalAsian Pac J Cancer Prev
PubMed ID25735336
PubMed Central IDPMC4396986
Grant ListR01 CA105199 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States