Smoke-Free Policies Improve Air Quality
Studies have shown that smoke-free laws that ban smoking in public places like bars and restaurants improve air quality and decrease air pollution.1,2,3
|Studies in:||Found that:||Resulted in:|
|New York (2004)1||Implementing a state law requiring all indoor workplaces and public places to be smoke-free|
- 84% reduction of "respirable suspended particles" (i.e., fine particles in the air that can be inhaled and used as a measure of secondhand smoke) in 20 hospitality settings (e.g., bars, restaurants, bowling alleys).
|Ireland (2007)2||Implementing a comprehensive national smoke-free law|
|2 cities in Scotland (2007)3||Implementing a comprehensive national smoke-free law|
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indoor Air Quality in Hospitality Venues Before and After Implementation of a Clean Indoor Air Law–Western New York, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2004;53(44):1038–41 [accessed 2011 Mar 8].
- Goodman P, Agnew M, McCaffrey M, Paul G, Clancy L. Effects of the Irish Smoking Ban on Respiratory Health of Bar Workers and Air Quality in Dublin Pubs. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2007;175(8):840–45 [cited 2011 Mar 8].
- Semple S, Creely KS, Naji A, Miller BG, Ayres JG. Secondhand Smoke Levels in Scottish Pubs: The Effect of Smoke-Free Legislation. Tobacco Control 2007;16:127–32 [cited 2011 Mar 8].
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