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Indoor Air Quality at Nine Large-Hub Airports With and Without Designated Smoking Areas — US Oct-Nov

Tuesday, December 11, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR Weekly. Nov. 23, 2012;61(46):948;951.

This study measured air pollution levels from secondhand smoke in airports that have dedicated smoking areas (restaurants, bars, or ventilated smoking rooms) and in airports that do not have such areas. Results showed that average air pollution levels from secondhand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in airports are five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports. In addition, air pollution levelsinsidedesignated smoking areas were 23 times higher than levels in smoke-free airports. Five of the 29 largest airports in the United States allow smoking in designated areas that are accessible to the public. The airports that allow smoking include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Denver International Airport, and Salt Lake City International Airport. More than 110 million passenger boardings—about 15 percent of all U.S. air travel—occurred at these five airports last year.

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