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Table 1 Questionnaire responses on smoke-free policy

From: Smoke-free hospitals – the English experience: results from a survey, interviews, and site visits

Question Responses Acute Trusts (%) Mental Health Settings (%) All Trusts (%)
Trust Type/Setting Acute 132 (76.3)**   186 (77.2)
  Mental Health*   54 (79.4)**  
Trust comprises more than one site Yes 91 (68.9) 54 (100) 145 (78.0)
Frequency of infringements of policy At least daily 86 (65.2) 20 (37.0) 106 (57.0)
  At least weekly 23 (17.4) 7 (13.0) 30 (16.1)
  At least monthly 4 (3.0) 2 (3.7) 6 (3.2)
  Less than monthly 7 (5.3) 6 (11.1) 13 (7.0)
  Never 0 (0.0) 2 (3.7) 2 (1.1)
  Don't know/not answered 12 (9.1) 17 (31.5) 29 (15.6)
Specific exemptions granted at sites which allow for exemptions (n = 186 plus 4 EIR responses in a form other than the questionnaire) Bereaved/distressed relatives 30 (44.8) 4 (9.3) 34 (30.9)
  Smoking rooms 4 (6.0) 18 (41.9) 22 (20.0)
  Sheltered areas in grounds 17 (25.4) 17 (39.5) 34 (30.5)
  Psychiatric patients 10 (14.9) 28 (65.1) 38 (34.5)
  Entrances 2 (3.0) 2 (4.7) 4 (3.6)
  Long-stay patients 5 (7.5) 14 (32.6) 19 (17.3)
  Other 17 (25.4) 3 (7.0) 20 (18.2)
  Case-by-case basis° 9 (13.4) 3 (7.0) 12 (10.9)
  Terminally ill patients° 5 (7.5) - 5 (4.5)
Overall success of policy implementation Very successful 36 (27.3) 12 (22.2) 48 (25.8)
  Quite successful 85 (64.4) 38 (70.4) 123 (66.1)
  Not successful 5 (3.8) 2 (3.7) 7 (3.8)
  Don't know 6 (4.5) 2 (3.7) 8 (4.3)
  1. * Comprise mental health, partnership, care and primary care trusts according to listings
  2. ** Percentages refer to total number of applicable Trust type: acute (n = 173), or mental health (n = 68)
  3. ° As specified in the context of the chosen option "Other"