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U of M Study Provides First Scientific Evidence That the Freedom to Breathe Act is Creating Healthier Workplaces for Hospitality Employees
Date:3/26/2008

estimated that restaurant and bar employees who do not smoke have about a 50 percent higher risk of contracting lung cancer than the general population. This risk has been related in part to exposure to secondhand smoke in their workplace.

"We have known for a long time that secondhand smoke is dangerous to nonsmokers. This study underscores the health risks faced by Minnesota hospitality workers prior to the passage of the smoke-free law," said Dr. Barbara Schillo, Director of Research for ClearWay Minnesota. "These data provide conclusive evidence that the Freedom to Breathe Act is working to create healthier workplaces for all Minnesotans."

Methodology

This study involved 24 nonsmoking bar, restaurant and bowling alley employees who typically were not exposed to secondhand smoke except in their workplaces. Subjects were asked to collect urine samples and complete exposure questionnaires prior to the smoke-free law after working a shift equal to or greater than six hours. The second urine sample and questionnaires were collected four to six weeks after the smoke-free law went into effect and after working a shift equal to or greater than six hours. These urine samples were assessed for total NNAL and total cotinine. To view the report, visit http://www.tturc.umn.edu or http://www.clearwaymn.org.

University of Minnesota Cancer Center

The Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Awarded more than $80 million in peer-reviewed grants during fiscal year 2007, the Cancer Center conducts cancer research that advances knowledge and enhances care. The center also engages in community outreach and public education efforts addressing cancer. To learn more about cancer, visit the University of Minnesota Cancer Center Web site at

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