Most public places flouting smoking norms: Study
Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 00:00

New Delhi: Over 60 percent of
bars-cum-restaurants in the country are flouting smoke-free
rules even a year after the implementation of the ban on
smoking in public places, a new study has found.

The study revealing alarming facts was conducted in 211
public places such as restaurants and bars in 16 cities across
12 states/UTs to test the particulate air pollution from
secondhand tobacco smoke during peak business hours and the
data was compared with guidelines stipulated by World Health
Organisation (WHO).

According to the `Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) study`,
fine particle air pollution is 32 times higher than the WHO
recommended guidelines for air quality in non-compliant

The study reveals that in locations flouting the
smoke-free law, employees and customers are at increased risk
of adverse health effects, especially heart attacks, lung
cancer and serious respiratory illnesses.

On the positive side, among all the 211 places surveyed,
pollution levels are 81 per cent less for smoke-free
bars-cum-restaurants and as expected, the air quality was
significantly better.

The provision of mandatory "No Smoking" signage was also
found to be violated in four out of the five locations where
smoking was observed.

The average level of fine particle air pollution in the
five locations where smoking was observed was dangerously 18
times higher than the seven locations where no smoking was

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 00:00

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