Those interviewed noted that, when opened, accordions that had been played in smoke-filled rooms emitted a strong cigarette odor. Deposits of soot-like dirt were also found inside the instruments. One worker interviewed said that, in some cases, enough dirt could be deposited in the instrument to affect the pitch.
All interviewees said that both the cigarette smell from accordions and the dirt residue inside had improved since the smoking ban.
"There's no question that there's a lot of secondhand smoke in bars, and the Irish have gotten rid of it, and people are feeling better," said Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. "We know that banning smoking in bars improves health."
Of humans and, it seems, accordions.
Visit the American Lung Association for more on secondhand smoke.
SOURCES: John Garvey, MB, specialist registrar in respiratory medicine, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; Norman Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer, American Lung Association, New York City; Kirby Donnelly, Ph.D., head and professor of environmental and occupational health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health; Sept. 29, 2007, British Medical Journal
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