Evaluating Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke in Leisure Public Places in Cluj-Napoca


The overall aim of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the in-force territorial public policy regulating tobacco consumption in public places in randomly selected central locations in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a known human carcinogen, being classified as the second most common human exposure to carcinogen after sun exposure. ETS has severe consequences on public health, and it is a known cause of disease in the non-smoking population. Public locations, such as cafés, pubs, and restaurants, are some of the spaces in which individuals are exposed to ETS. An exploratory, mixed-methods observational research design, with the scope of identifying environmental tobacco smoke exposure patterns in Cluj-Napoca cafes, was employed. Data were collected by trained undergraduate students, through a total of 28 observations, with a minimum of 45 minutes per observation.

Specific objectives:

  • to assess the implementation of current policy (law 349/2002 regarding tobacco regulation)
  • to compare smoking and non-smoking areas in regards to offered services and facilities.

Starting / Ending Date

2008 – 2008

Project Coordinator

Babeș-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca – Romania


Funder: Center for Health Research
BBU Amount: 2500 EUR

Staff from Department of Public Health