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Bar Workers Feel Benefits Of Smoking Ban, UK

June 12, 2017

Hospitality workers across the country are already experiencing health benefits following the 1 July smoking ban, a study has suggested.

Research by the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre in Warwick reported that before the ban, the average hospitality employee's exposure to second-hand smoke was the equivalent to smoking 190 cigarettes a year. However, the study of 40 bars, pubs and restaurants in August revealed that employees' exposure to second-hand smoke has since dropped by 95 per cent.

Now that smoking is allowed only in specified outdoor areas of pubs, restaurants and hotels, the study asserts that employees are now exposed to the second-hand smoke of only 44 cigarettes a year.

Researchers tested the air quality of pubs and restaurants and measured the level of cotinine, the metabolic byproduct of nicotine, in non-smoking workers' blood. They found that the air quality dropped from near hazardous levels to ones similar to outside air and staff now have four times less cotinine in their blood than in June.