Cancer Research pilot study reveals bar staff passively smoke

17 July 2007 by
Cancer Research pilot study reveals bar staff passively smoke

Cancer Research is to carry out tests on 100 hospitality operations after the results of a pilot study at a pub in Bristol revealed that bar staff were passively smoking the equivalent of 12 cigarettes a day before the ban came in.

Ross Nicol, landlord of the Cornubia pub in Bristol and his partner Karen Beesley, both non-smokers, had their breath and saliva tested for smoking chemicals two days before and four days after the ban came in on 1 July.

The results revealed that the amount of carbon monoxide in their bodies had dropped 80% while levels of cotinine, a bi-product of nicotine, had fallen from the level of a moderate smoker to that of a non-smoker.

Nicol told the Metro: "I was shocked by the results. It's so nice to not stink of tobacco smoke at the end of the night."

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By Daniel Thomas

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