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Ireland's smoking ban results

17th April 2007

Results are in from a study following a 2004 smoking ban in Ireland, which show a marked improvement in the quality of air in the country's pubs and bars, and in the health of their staff.

The March 2004 ban cut air pollution in pubs by 83% and cancer-causing agents by 80%.

The report, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, measured the lung function of non-smoking bar workers, finding a marked improvement.

The team from the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society in Dublin, studied environmental tobacco smoke exposure in 42 Dublin pubs and tested 73 bar workers who volunteered to take part in the study.

 

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