Outdoor Smoking Ban in Californian City

California seems to be where precedents are set in tobacco control yet again, as judged by the following news item.

Plese visit CNS News for the complete story.

An excerpt follows:

[original posting edited by NK]

"The city of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously Wednesday night to ban smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor 'smoker outposts.'"

"The 'smoker outposts' would be established by businesses in areas like parking lots. Smokers can also smoke when no one else is around or expected. The ban is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction."

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How much more ETS in cars than houses?

Neil,
My congratulations to you for setting up SIMSMOKE. It must have been a huge effort. I look forward to having a wander around.

I have previously downloaded your pilot study of real time monitoring of outdoor ETS and found it very absorbing and useful. Your committment to open source knowledge and putting this work on line was appreciated.

At the moment I am interested in comparisons of ETS in typical homes and cars. Some very useful data about this is in the California Air Resources Board assessment of ETS. And I am sure there will be more in Simsmoke when I start using it.

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Very High Smoke Levels in Bars

According to an article in the Akron Beacon Journal [ed update: Article now archived and needs registration for access], extremely high particle levels over 2,000 μg m-3 have been recorded in a bar in Ohio. Mark Travers of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, who is an expert in measuring secondhand smoke levels, called it "the single most polluted bar we've seen in the U.S". Many states around the country are starting to enact bans on smoking in indoor workplaces to protect workers.

What conditions might lead to the observed particle levels? Try to simulate them using the new bar and restaurant model.

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Outdoor Smoke Monitoring

Two reports have been released on the magnitude of outdoor tobacco smoke levels in typical locations, including private patios, airports, restaurants, and hospitals. The first report completed at Stanford University describes measurements made using real-time particle monitoring instruments that were carried by investigators to different locations where smokers were present. The second report (Part A, Exposure Assessment, Chapter V, page V-7 and Appendix C) completed by the California Air Resources Board describes integrated nicotine measurements and simultaneous counts of smokers. Nicotine is a unique indicator of the presence of tobacco smoke.

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Restricting Parents From Smoking

Today there appeared an article in the Washington Times describing efforts to stop parents from legally smoking around children. The focus seems mostly on foster parents. Should we try to legislate smoking in the home? Is this a privacy issue? We are willing to legislate against child abuse and legislate the use of child restraints in cars. Is protecting a child from exposure to secondhand smoke in the home any different? Your comments are welcome.

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