Journal article

Secondhand smoke exposure and respiratory symptoms among casino, club, and office workers in Victoria, Australia

M Wakefield, M Cameron, G Inglis, T Letcher, S Durkin

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2005


OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between smoke-free policies, exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) at work, and self-reported respiratory and sensory symptoms of workers. METHOD: Ninety-one nonsmoking workers recruited from three workplaces with varying smoking policies completed a telephone-administered questionnaire and provided saliva samples (before and after usual work shift) for cotinine analysis. RESULTS: Mean before-after shift saliva cotinine per hour worked was significantly higher among club (0.42 ng/mL/hr worked) than casino workers (0.18 ng/mL/hr worked) (P < 0.001), club than office workers (0.03 ng/mL/hr worked) (P < 0.001), and casino than office workers (P < 0.001). Casin..

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