New Delhi: Over 60 percent ofbars-cum-restaurants in the country are flouting smoke-freerules even a year after the implementation of the ban onsmoking in public places, a new study has found.
The study reveals that in locations flouting thesmoke-free law, employees and customers are at increased riskof adverse health effects, especially heart attacks, lungcancer and serious respiratory illnesses. On the positive side, among all the 211 places surveyed,pollution levels are 81 per cent less for smoke-freebars-cum-restaurants and as expected, the air quality wassignificantly better. The provision of mandatory "No Smoking" signage was alsofound to be violated in four out of the five locations wheresmoking was observed. The average level of fine particle air pollution in thefive locations where smoking was observed was dangerously 18times higher than the seven locations where no smoking wasobserved.Bureau Report