|A Michigan-wide smoking ban has led to much|
better indoor air quality in restaurants, study shows.
After 18 months of a no-smoking rule, a study found a 93 percent reduction in indoor air pollution from secondhand smoke, the Michigan Department of Community Health says.
The study tested 77 restaurants from 13 cities before the law was passed, in the time between 2005 and 2008.
The cities include Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, Midland, Novi, Saginaw, Sault Ste. Marie, Traverse City and West Branch.
The law came into effect on May 1, 2010, and the restaurants were then re-tested, the agency said.
The study included three casinos from Detroit. Casinos are exempt from the smoking ban, which is why the study results were not 100 percent reduction of indoor air pollutants, they say.
The agency hopes for better health outcomes because of the ban as well and plans another study to measure hospitalizations and heart problems. Another study is planned to measure the overall impact of the Smoke-Free Air Law and economic results.
Another year-long study by the American Cancer Association showed that more than 90 percent of residents support the ban.
Source: Holland Sentinel
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