Sunday, October 22, 2006
Article in the New York Times -- As Smoke Clears, Scots Breathe Easy Behind the Bar, by Alan Cowell:
The researchers, from the University of Dundee . . . did tests on 77 nonsmoking bar
workers in and around Dundee — particularly those with asthma — examining them
one month before and then for two months after the ban. Similar research has been
carried out elsewhere, including in the United States.
What was most surprising about the study, said Daniel Menzies, its author, was the
speed with which health improved — particularly among asthmatics — and
inflammation in the bloodstream was reversed. “We didn’t expect to find that,” he
said in an interview.
In an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association on Oct. 11,
Dr. Menzies, a clinical research fellow in the Asthma and Allergy Research Group at
the University of Dundee, said the study showed that the smoking ban “has led to a
rapid and marked improvement in the health of bar workers.”