Smoky Bars vs. Air Pollution - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/04

Smoky Bars vs. Air Pollution

Being a bartender can be a dangerous job, if your work takes you to a smoke-filled room. A new study finds the air in smoke-filled bars, casinos, and pool halls can have up to 57 times more cancer-causing particles than the air on a highway during rush hour traffic.

Researchers say this shows that even ventilation systems can not adequately control the dangerous pollutants caused by tobacco smoke. The study is published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Researchers monitored the both before and after the smoking ban same places, same time of day with state of the art equipment. They took data minute by minute. The exposure to pollutants were higher indoors than outdoors.

In 1978, the average number of the population who smokes was 33%, now it is 23% of the population that smokes. The state with the lowest smoking prevalence is Utah. Mormons don't smoke for religious reasons. The state with the worst smoking prevalence is Nevada with 30% of the population smoking.

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