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Airport smoking rooms don't work.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14985615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To document tobacco industry involvement in thwarting enactment of a smoke-free airport policy at Lambert-St Louis International Airport (Lambert Airport) in the 1990s; and to test whether smoking rooms at Lambert Airport protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) in adjacent non-smoking areas. METHODS: Tobacco industry document websites were searched for previously secret documents relating to efforts to maintain smoking in Lambert Airport. Testing of SHS contamination in non-smoking areas adjacent to a designated smoking room was conducted at Lambert Airport in 1997-98 and again in 2002. A 1998 comparative test was also performed inside nominally smoke-free Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac Airport). Tests were performed using either static or active nicotine monitors. RESULTS: Industry documents show that the tobacco industry promoted the construction of designated smoking rooms as a way to sidetrack efforts to make Lambert Airport entirely non-smoking. Nicotine vapour air monitoring in a non-smoking area of the airport, adjacent to a smoking room located in Terminal C, reveals elevated levels of ambient nicotine vapour in excess of what would be expected in a completely non-smoking environment. CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that airport smoking rooms expose non-smokers in adjacent non-smoking areas to a significant concentration of nicotine vapour from SHS.
M Pion; M S Givel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tobacco control     Volume:  13 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1468-3318     ISO Abbreviation:  Tob Control     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-26     Completed Date:  2004-12-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9209612     Medline TA:  Tob Control     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  i37-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Missouri GASP, St Louis, Missouri 63135-1213, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aerospace Medicine*
Air Pollutants / analysis
Air Pollution, Indoor
Attitude to Health
Environmental Monitoring / methods
Nicotine / analysis
Organizational Policy
Smoking / prevention & control*
Tobacco Industry
Tobacco Smoke Pollution / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants; 0/Tobacco Smoke Pollution; 54-11-5/Nicotine

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