Friday, October 4, 2013

Surprising Study of Nicotine Levels in Smokers’ Cars Versus Bars

There's new information in the journal Tobacco Control and it's reported from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health that nicotine levels in smokers' cars are almost twice of those in bars.  Researchers placed passive nicotine samplers in the cars of smokers, one in the front passenger seat and one in the back seat.  The estimate is that the nicotine concentrations were twice as high in smokers' cars and other public or private places that allow smoking like bars.  While opening the windows of the car certainly made a difference, it did not eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.  So, with many restaurants and bars not allowing cigarette smoking, it could be your own car that is the most dangerous place, and to the tune of twice as much nicotine.  

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