Posted by: audreybenenati | February 8, 2010

New study–secondhand smoke in outdoor areas

Tob Control doi:10.1136/tc.2009.030544

  • Research paper

Secondhand smoke exposure (PM2.5) in outdoor dining areas and its correlates

  1. Melissa Cameron1,
  2. Emily Brennan1,
  3. Sarah J Durkin1,
  4. Ron Borland1,
  5. Mark J Travers2,
  6. Andrew Hyland2,
  7. Matthew J Spittal1,
  8. Melanie A Wakefield1,*

+ Author Affiliations

1. 1 Cancer Council Victoria, Australia;

2. 2Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Australia

  1. Correspondence to: Melanie A Wakefield, The Cancer Council Victoria, 1 Rathdowne Street, Carlton, 3053, Australia;
  • Received 24 March 2009
  • Accepted 23 September 2009
  • Published Online First 21 October 2009

Conclusions: When individuals sit in outdoor dining venues where smokers are present, it is possible that they will be exposed to substantial SHS levels. Significant increases in exposure were observed when monitors were located under overhead covers, and as the number of nearby smokers increased. The role of outdoor smoking restrictions in minimising exposure to SHS must be considered.

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