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Document ID (ISN)106527
CIS number 07-584
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Menzies D., et al.
Title Respiratory symptoms, pulmonary function, and markers of inflammation among bar workers before and after a legislative ban on smoking in public places
Bibliographic information Oct. 2006, Vol. 296, No.14, p.1742-1748. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract Scotland prohibited smoking in confined public places on March 26, 2006. The objective of this study was to investigate the association of smoke-free legislation with symptoms, pulmonary function and markers of inflammation of bar workers. It was conducted in Tayside, Scotland from February-June 2006. 195 non-asthmatic and asthmatic non-smoking bar workers were initially enrolled, of whom 77 completed the study. Respiratory and sensory symptoms, spirometry measurements, serum cotinine levels, peripheral inflammatory cell count, asthma quality-of-life scores and exhaled nitric oxide levels were evaluated before and after introduction of the smoking ban. Findings are discussed. Smoke-free legislation was associated with significant early improvements in symptoms, spirometry measurements, and systemic inflammation of bar workers. Asthmatic bar workers also had reduced airway inflammation and improved quality of life.
Descriptors (primary) waiters, waitresses and bartenders; Scotland; pulmonary function; state of health; passive smoking
Descriptors (secondary) leukocytes; United Kingdom; smoking; nitric oxide; asthma; inflammations; determination in blood; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Passive smoking