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Chemicals Restaurant and Bar Employees Breathe
Chemicals from Secondhand Smoke:
What a typical restaurant or bar employee would inhale
The amount of selected adverse chemicals in tobacco smoke that a restaurant or bar employee weighing approximately 140 pounds would directly inhale (not the total exposure amount) over an 8-hour shift in a 300m2 area. These calculations assume 10 smokers per 300m2 each smoking 2 cigarettes per hour1 totaling 160 cigarettes over the 8-hour time period, and take into account standard ventilation rates.2
Amount of Chemicals Inhaled by A Restaurant Employee
Capitalized chemicals cause cancer and all chemicals listed cause adverse health effects.
CHEMICAL Amount (ug)
Carbon Monoxide 5606
Nitric Oxide 190
Methyl Ethyl Ketone 23
Hydrogen Cyanide 14
1 Aminonaphthalene 8.5
1 Americans for Nonsmokers\' Rights: Questions and Answers Regarding Eliminating Smoking in Restaurants. February 5, 1992. 2 ASHRAE Standard (62-1981) office ventilation rate of lOL/second per person (assuming 7 persons per 100 meters squared floor space). According to American\'s for Nonsmoker\'s Rights: Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Smoke (fact sheet), these ventilation rates would need to be improved 270 times, at enormous cost, to reduce the carcinogenic risk from tobacco smoke to federal (US) accepted levels. This would "create a virtual windstorm indoors".
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, June 1999