Qualidade do ar interior em estabelecimentos da restauraão após a entrada em vigor da lei portuguesa de controlo do tabagismo

Translated title of the contribution: Indoor air quality in hospitality venues after the implementation of the Portuguese tobacco control law

José Precioso, Maria José Lopez, Esteve Fernández, Manel Nebot

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Abstract

Introduction: A study carried out in the city of Braga, in February 2008 (shortly after the entry into force of Law 37/2007 of August 14 of tobacco control), in hospitality venues revealed that there are establishments that allow smoking inside their facilities. This raised the problem of knowing what the concentration of nicotine in the air present in these venues is (an indicator of pollution by tobacco smoke). Participants and methods: The air quality was assessed in March 2009, in six hospitality venues, of the city of Braga: two smoke free restaurants under 100 m2; two coffees less than 100 m2 (a smoke free coffeehouse and another that does not allow consumption); a smoke free night bar with less than 100 m2 and a nightclub with a smoking area and a non-smoking room, separated by a curtain of air. Measurement of vapor phase nicotine in air was done by active monitoring, through the use of monitors, using the methodology applied by Hammond 1. Particles (PM 2.5) were measured with a Side Pack. Results: The average concentration of nicotine inside the smoke free coffeehouses and restaurants is 6.29 mg/m3, while inside the coffeehouses where smoking is not allowed is 1.1 mg/m3. The concentration of nicotine in the night bar has a very high value (9.42 mg/m3). At the disco, the concentration of nicotine is the highest recorded in enclosed spaces (19.1 mg/m3 in the area where smoking is forbidden and 10.2 mg/m 3 in a smoke free area). Conclusions: The results suggest that in the hospitality venues, where smoking is permitted, there is a high air contamination by Environmental Tobacco Smoke, which are particularly exposed workers. More studies are needed to clarify the situation of tobacco consumption in the hospitality sector.

Translated title of the contributionIndoor air quality in hospitality venues after the implementation of the Portuguese tobacco control law
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Saude Publica
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Public health
  • Second hand smoke
  • Tobacco control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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