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To commemorate the one year anniversary of the implementation of the comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance, April 27, 2012, the Bismarck Tobacco Free Coalition released the results of an Air Quality Monitoring Study at a news conference today.
The study, sponsored by the Bismarck Tobacco Free Coalition with support from the Bismarck Burleigh Public Health Department and funded by BreatheND, assessed the air quality in places that allowed smoking before the comprehensive smoke free ordinance was implemented on April 27, 2011 and compared the air quality afterward. Data were analyzed and reported by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Key findings showed that:
? Prior to implementation of the ordinance, the level of fine particle air pollution found in locations permitting smoking was in the category of “hazardous”. Workers were exposed to levels of air pollution six times higher than the level considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
? Post implementation air quality results showed a 96% decline in indoor particle pollution levels, similar to outdoor levels of exposure and in the category of “Good”.
This is important because, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 2010:
? “Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer.”
? “Every exposure to the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage DNA in a way that leads to cancer.”
? “Exposure to secondhand smoke has an immediate adverse impact on the cardiovascular system, damaging blood vessels, making blood more likely to clot and increasing risks for heart attack and stroke.”
Gary Philips, who is a local Bismarck bar tender spoke at the news conference, and stated, “April 27th was the day I would learn if I could breathe easier at work.” Philips discussed how well the public has adjusted to the new ordinance.
To see a summary of the Bismarck Air Quality Study visit: