Smoking in open areas ups breathing problems in non-smokers: Study

August 4th, 2010 - 5:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, August 4 (ANI): Smoking in alfresco areas puts non-smokers at risk of developing respiratory problems, Perth researchers have found.

Curtin University Professor of Health Policy Mike Daube said that even in outdoor, well-ventilated areas, second-hand smoke presented a health risk.

The tests showed that when there was no one smoking, tobacco smoke particle concentrations were about four micrograms per cubic metre of air, but increased to 14.25 when at least one person began smoking.

“The amount of second-hand smoke detected increased with the number of people smoking,” The Australian quoted Daube as saying.

“This research supports smoking bans in areas where people may spend extended periods of time, such as outdoor eating and drinking venues,” Curtin researcher Julia Stafford said. (ANI)

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