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An evaluation of the indoor air quality in bars before and after a smoking ban in Austin, Texas.
J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2007 May; 17(3):260-8.JE

Abstract

This study assessed differences in the indoor air quality and occupancy levels in seventeen bars due to a city-wide smoking ban that took effect on September 1, 2005 in Austin, Texas, USA. We measured the following in each venue before and after the smoking ban: mean number of occupants, mean number of lit cigarettes, temperature, relative humidity, room volume, and PM(2.5), CO, and CO(2) concentrations. Additionally, VOC measurements were conducted at three of the venues. There was not a statistically significant change in occupancy, but the best estimate PM(2.5) concentrations in the venues decreased 71-99%, a significant reduction in all venues, relative to the pre-ban levels; CO concentrations decreased significantly in all but one venue; and concentrations of VOCs known to be emitted from cigarettes decreased to below the detection limit for all but two common compounds. These results suggest that the smoking ban has effectively improved indoor air quality in Austin bars without an associated decrease in occupancy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16804559

Citation

Waring, Michael S., and Jeffrey A. Siegel. "An Evaluation of the Indoor Air Quality in Bars Before and After a Smoking Ban in Austin, Texas." Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, vol. 17, no. 3, 2007, pp. 260-8.
Waring MS, Siegel JA. An evaluation of the indoor air quality in bars before and after a smoking ban in Austin, Texas. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2007;17(3):260-8.
Waring, M. S., & Siegel, J. A. (2007). An evaluation of the indoor air quality in bars before and after a smoking ban in Austin, Texas. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, 17(3), 260-8.
Waring MS, Siegel JA. An Evaluation of the Indoor Air Quality in Bars Before and After a Smoking Ban in Austin, Texas. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2007;17(3):260-8. PubMed PMID: 16804559.
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TY - JOUR T1 - An evaluation of the indoor air quality in bars before and after a smoking ban in Austin, Texas. AU - Waring,Michael S, AU - Siegel,Jeffrey A, Y1 - 2006/06/28/ PY - 2006/6/29/pubmed PY - 2007/8/31/medline PY - 2006/6/29/entrez SP - 260 EP - 8 JF - Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology JO - J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - This study assessed differences in the indoor air quality and occupancy levels in seventeen bars due to a city-wide smoking ban that took effect on September 1, 2005 in Austin, Texas, USA. We measured the following in each venue before and after the smoking ban: mean number of occupants, mean number of lit cigarettes, temperature, relative humidity, room volume, and PM(2.5), CO, and CO(2) concentrations. Additionally, VOC measurements were conducted at three of the venues. There was not a statistically significant change in occupancy, but the best estimate PM(2.5) concentrations in the venues decreased 71-99%, a significant reduction in all venues, relative to the pre-ban levels; CO concentrations decreased significantly in all but one venue; and concentrations of VOCs known to be emitted from cigarettes decreased to below the detection limit for all but two common compounds. These results suggest that the smoking ban has effectively improved indoor air quality in Austin bars without an associated decrease in occupancy. SN - 1559-0631 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16804559/An_evaluation_of_the_indoor_air_quality_in_bars_before_and_after_a_smoking_ban_in_Austin_Texas_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.jes.7500513 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -