Secondhand smoke emission levels in enclosed public places during Ramadan

Ibrahim Ramahi, Andrew B. Seidenberg, Ryan David Kennedy, Vaughan W. Rees

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Abstract

Secondhand smoke levels were assessed among a convenience sample of 15 public venues in Amman, Jordan, during Ramadan. PM2.5 measurements were taken inside each venue pre- and post-'iftar', when daily smoking abstinence can be broken at sundown. Cigarette smoking was observed in all venues post-iftar, and the median PM2.5 level among the 15 venues (285 μg/m3) was significantly higher than the pre-iftar level (11 μg/m3; P <0.001). Post-iftar PM2.5 levels exceeded the World Health Organization standard for particulate pollution by 5-20-fold. To protect public health in Jordan, smoke-free legislation should be enforced at all times of day, and all days of the year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-791
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Secondhand smoke emission levels in enclosed public places during Ramadan. / Ramahi, Ibrahim; Seidenberg, Andrew B.; Kennedy, Ryan David; Rees, Vaughan W.

In: European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 23, No. 5, 10.2013, p. 789-791.

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Ramahi, Ibrahim ; Seidenberg, Andrew B. ; Kennedy, Ryan David ; Rees, Vaughan W. / Secondhand smoke emission levels in enclosed public places during Ramadan. In: European Journal of Public Health. 2013 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 789-791.
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