It is hard to imagine a more inept survey.
Start at the beginning. This survey was conducted by the German Cancer Research Centre. Fine….but an article appeared in ‘Wales Online.co.uk’ applying this survey specifically to Wales. I suppose the reason for applying it to Wales was that Wales was one of the countries used in the survey as part of the UK. Here is the URL for that article:
The German Cancer Research Centre used surveys concocted by ‘The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project Europe Surveys’. I wonder who funds them? It was published in the journal ‘Tobacco Control’. It seems that this ‘International bla bla’ conducted surveys about ‘home smoking bans’ before bans were introduced and then some time afterwards.
I googled the ‘International bla bla’ and found the study. Here is the URL:
(NB. You can only see the abstract. If you want the whole study, you have to pay)
I have only just found it, and therefore haven’t the time right now to pursue it, but there are certain things that jump out right away.
Read this from the Wales Online article:
“More than 4,600 smokers in the four European countries took part in the study and more than 1,000 in the UK, which served as a comparison when no smoking ban had come into force.”
Also, the ‘International bla bla’ says’:
Design Two waves of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project Europe Surveys, which is a prospective panel study. Pre- and post-legislation data were used from Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Two pre-legislation waves from the UK were used as control.
“These were carried out before and after legislation banning smoking in public places came into force in Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and in the UK, excluding Scotland, before legislation was enacted.”
Carried out ‘before and AFTER legislation in Germany, and the UK? Oh….sorry…..before legislation was enacted (in the UK).
So the article tries very hard to obscure the fact that no post-ban survey was conducted in Wales (and England). But look at this statement from the article: