Airports with smoking areas unhealthy, study shows

ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov 28 — While airports offering indoor smoking areas offer sweet relief for travelling smokers, a study from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says that these airports have polluted air, even in nonsmoking areas.

No smoking in this lounge, but the air quality falls short of US study.©shutterstock.comNo smoking in this lounge, but the air quality falls short of US study.©shutterstock.comThe study looked at five international airports in the US that offer indoor smoking areas — Denver, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Washington. To test air quality, the researchers placed air monitors both in the smoking rooms and in various locations around the airports for two weeks in October. They also tested four nonsmoking airports with similar passenger boarding totals: Chicago’s O'Hare, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Orlando and Phoenix airports.

The scientists found that pollution levels in the smoking areas of the five airports were 23 times higher than the levels in nonsmoking airports. Nonsmoking areas in the five airports were five times higher than the airports banning indoor smoking.

The study was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The scientists said no level of secondhand smoke was deemed safe, and that in order to assure healthy air quality for workers, travellers — especially children — airports needed to consider eliminating smoking indoors.

Click here for the study. — AFP/Relaxnews


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