Espacios sin humo: persuasión y obligación

Translated title of the contribution: Smoke-free areas: persuasion and enforcement

Joan Ramón Villalbí, Meritxell Cusí, Víctor Madrueño, Julián Durán, Pere Balfagon, Samuel Portaña, Marta Salamero, Joan Guix

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This paper presents the actions taken by the public health services in the city of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) to improve compliance with the requirements of the new 28/2005 tobacco control law. These were essentially informative at first, with a second phase where authority enforcement mechanisms were activated. In workplaces, educational settings and transport the law was incorporated without incidents nor relevant complaints, except for isolated incidents in some university or mass transport settings. In food establishments the process has been more complex. Estimating the frequency of related events, there are 17.5 formal citizen complaints for 100,000 person-years. Inspections generated by citizen complaints resulted in 3.3 administrative proceedings for 100,000 person-years, mostly for incurring in serious violations. Effectively enforcing the law required active information and communication policies, as well as the real enforcement by health authority. This caused an important workload to the public health services.

Translated title of the contributionSmoke-free areas: persuasion and enforcement
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)614-617
Number of pages4
JournalGaceta Sanitaria
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Evaluation
  • Health authority
  • Public health
  • Regulation
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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