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Exposure to secondhand smoke in hospitality settings in Ghana: Evidence of changes since implementation of smoke-free legislation

Citation
Singh A, Okello G, Semple S, Dobbie F, Kinnunen TI, Lartey KF, Logo DD, Bauld L, Ankrah ST, McNeill A & Owusu-Dabo E (2020) Exposure to secondhand smoke in hospitality settings in Ghana: Evidence of changes since implementation of smoke-free legislation. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 18, Art. No.: 44. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/120934

Abstract
Introduction: Ghana has a partial smoking ban with smoking allowed in designated smoking areas. Studies evaluating smoke-free laws are scarce in Sub-Saharan Africa. Evaluation of smoke-free laws is an effective means of measuring progress towards a smoke-free society. This study assessed the level of compliance to the provisions of the current smoke-free policy using air quality measurements for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in hospitality venues in Ghana. Methods: This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted in 2019 using a structured observational checklist complemented with air quality measurements using Dylos monitors across 152 randomly selected hospitality venues in three large cities in Ghana. Results: Smoking was observed in a third of the venues visited. The median indoor PM2.5 concentration was 14.6 μg/m3 (range: 5.2–349). PM2.5 concentrations were higher in venues where smoking was observed (28.3 μg/m3) compared to venues where smoking was not observed (12.3 μg/m3) (p

Keywords
observation; hospitality venues; Ghana; air quality monitoring; particulate matter

Journal
Tobacco Induced Diseases: Volume 18

StatusPublished
Author(s)Singh, Arti; Okello, Gabriel; Semple, Sean; Dobbie, Fiona; Kinnunen, Tarja I; Lartey, Kwabena F; Logo, Divine D; Bauld, Linda; Ankrah, Sampson T; McNeill, Ann; Owusu-Dabo, Ellis
FundersMedical Research Council
Publication date31/05/2020
Publication date online20/05/2020
Date accepted by journal21/04/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31288
eISSN1617-9625
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