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Care-home workers’ exposure to SHS: a short summary of findings
  1. S Semple1,2,
  2. A Naji1,
  3. S Haw3,4,
  4. J G Ayres5
  1. 1
    Scottish Centre for Indoor Air, School of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2
    Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3
    NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
  4. 4
    Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP), MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, UK
  5. 5
    Institute of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sean Semple, Scottish Centre for Indoor Air, Liberty Safe Work Centre, Foresterhill Road, Aberdeen AB25 2ZP, UK; sean.semple{at}abdn.ac.uk

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Smoke-free legislation introduced in 2006 and 2007 across the UK has dramatically reduced the number of workers exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke (SHS). Data collected by our group have shown reductions in airborne respiratory particulate exposure of 86% among bar workers in Scotland.1 However, there are some exceptions to the smoke-free legislation including care-home settings where residents are allowed to smoke in specially designated smoking rooms. There are concerns that people employed in care-homes are being exposed to high levels of SHS. We report here the results from a small study of workers in eight randomly selected care-homes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in Scotland.

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