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New report on smokefree Irish pubs gives Aussie workers something to look forward to

Wednesday 18 April, 2007

Pub workers in Ireland are reaping the health benefits of the smoking ban, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

The report found air pollution in pubs dropped by 83 per cent, with the level of airborne carcinogens down by 80 per cent.

The respiratory health of bar staff in Ireland was reported to have improved significantly with reductions in "self-reported symptoms" and exposure to tobacco smoke in non smoking Irish bar workers after the ban.

The study, conducted at the Institute for a Tobacco Free Society in Dublin, compared data from 81 bar workers in 42 pubs before and after the ban, which came into force in March 2004.

Acting Executive Director of Quit Victoria, Ms Suzanne Stillman said workers in Victorian bars and clubs could also look forward to breathing easier as of July 1st, this year.

"This study illustrates that smoking bans in bars and club result in a significant reduction in air pollution and an improvement in respiratory health in barstaff."

"Not only will smokefree bars and clubs provide a healthier work environment for workers, but smokers will benefit by socialising in an environment that may help them quit."

Ms Stillman said the study highlighted the importance of the State Government's decision to introduce smokefree legislation in bars and clubs in Victoria.

"The implementation of smoking bans in bars and clubs in just over two months marks an important step in protecting both workers and patrons from the potentially devastating health consequences of exposure to second-hand smoke."

Research release by The Cancer council Victoria last month showed more than 8 out of 10 Victorians support total smoking bans in bars and clubs.


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Edwina Vellar,
Media Manager
ph: (03) 9635 5400
mob: 0417 303 811
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Edwina.Vellar@cancervic.org.au

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