Compliance of Indoor Smoke-free Regulation in Internet Cafes of Seoul, Korea

Hyejin Kim, Kiyoung Lee
2016 Journal of the Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco  
The purposes of this study were to investigate characteristics of internet cafe and to determine compliance with smoke-free regulation of the National Health Promotion Act. Methods: Field survey was conducted in 202 randomly selected internet cafes in Seoul, Korea. A researcher visited internet cafes on peak time and recorded characteristics related to smoke-free regulation. Presence of smoker, ashtray or cigarette butts was recorded. Results: Non-smoking area sign and smoking room sign were
more » ... erved in 78% of the internet cafes. Smoking room was present in 191 internet cafes. However, 20% of the smoking rooms were not enclosed. Business related facilities were found in 86% of the smoking rooms. Bringing food or drink to smoking room was observed in 32%. Only 21 internet cafes complied with all smoke-free regulations of the National Health Promotion Act. During the observation period, smoker, ashtray and/or cigarette butt were observed in 58% of the internet cafes. Conclusion: Although signage was observed in the most internet cafes, about 90% of the smoking rooms did not comply with the regulation. In addition, smoking activities were observed in more than 58% of the internet cafes despite of smoke-free regulation. Stricter enforcement is needed to protect patron and workers in internet cafes.
doi:10.25055/jksrnt.2016.7.1.12 fatcat:bamldvh7bbc5njmlglqwvmu7qa