“BMJ suggests that in India there is good evidence that smoke-free laws in workplaces are associated with a reduction in second-hand smoke at home,” said lead author John Tayu Lee, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.
India has 110 million smokers who are mostly men. Over half, or 52.3%, of people surveyed said they were exposed to second-hand smoke at home, with exposure being higher in rural than urban homes, reports the study that used data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey in India.
The government banned smoking in all public places, including offices, on October 2, 2008.
“Making offices and public places smoke free also changes social behaviour and brings about substantial health benefits for people,” said Dr Monika Arora, director, health promotion & tobacco control, PHFI.