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Tobacco smoke pollution in the ‘non-smoking’ sections of selected popular restaurants in Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Olalekan A Ayo-Yusuf
  1. Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Oral and Dental Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Professor Olalekan A Ayo-Yusuf, Department of Community Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, Oral and Dental Hospital, University of Pretoria, P. O. Box 1266, Pretoria 0001, South Africa; lekan.ayoyusuf{at}

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Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke (SHS) has been associated with several adverse health effects including increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease and also asthma in children.1 Hence, the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) obligates parties to the Convention, to implement measures to protect all people from the exposure to SHS.2 Even prior to signing the WHO FCTC in 2005, the South African government in 2001 implemented a regulation to restrict smoking in public places, including restaurants.3 However, the current regulation in South Africa allows for a designated ‘smoking area’. It is pertinent to note that the enabling legislation provided for a ban in smoking in public places, but also gave the Minister of Health powers to permit smoking in a prescribed portion of a public place. The Minister at that time exercised these powers.

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  • Contributors The author conceived the study, analysed and interpreted the data and wrote the manuscript.

  • Funding This work was supported by the American Cancer Society (ACS) grant number A0U146.

  • Competing Interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.