Secondhand smoke exposure in bars and restaurants in Guatemala City: before and after smoking ban evaluation

  title={Secondhand smoke exposure in bars and restaurants in Guatemala City: before and after smoking ban evaluation},
  author={Joaquin Barnoya and Mariel Arvizu and Miranda R. Jones and Juan Carlos Hernandez and Patrick N. Breysse and Ana Navas-Acien},
  journal={Cancer Causes \& Control},
ObjectiveIn February 2009, Guatemala implemented a comprehensive smoking ban. We assessed air nicotine levels in bars and restaurants 6 months after the ban (post-ban) and compared them with levels found in 2006 (pre-ban).MethodsExposure was estimated by passive sampling of vapor-phase nicotine using samplers (n = 50) placed for 7 working days in 10 bars and 11 restaurants in Guatemala City. Air nicotine was measured by gas chromatography, and the time-weighted average concentration in μg/m3… 

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