US smokefree legislation effective, claims study

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Research in the US has suggested that the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) is successfully protecting employees from secondhand smoke.

The study found that there had been a "significant" reduction in exposure to secondhand smoke following the smokefree legislation.

Researchers recorded 168 employees reported experiences of secondhand smoke and then verified this with urine tests to check for trace elements of tobacco smoke.

"These results are critical in demonstrating the value of clean indoor air laws and affirm that exposure to secondhand smoke has dropped since this law went into effect," said Martin Mahoney of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

"The greatest reductions in secondhand smoke exposure occurred among workers from the food and beverage industries who were previously unable to avoid these exposures."

Cancer Research UK spokesperson, Henry Scowcroft commented: "While this study is relatively small, and only looks at the workers' exposure at a single point in time, we welcome this research. It lends even more weight to the case for introducing comprehensive smokefree legislation in England and Wales."

MPs will vote on smokefree legislation next week during the third and final reading of the Health Bill.