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Banning outdoor smoking is scientifically justifiable
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  1. JAMES REPACE
  1. RepaceAssociates, Inc
  2. Secondhand Smoke Consultants
  3. 101 Felicia Lane
  4. Bowie, MD 20720, USA;
  5. <www.repace.com>

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    Simon Chapman has argued that smoking should not be banned in outdoor public venues such as hospital patios, beaches, and outdoor sporting areas, and this might also encompass building entrances, waiting lines for cinema tickets, and outdoor cafés. However, failure to ban smoking in such venues may expose non-smokers to levels of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as high or higher than received in indoor spaces where smoking is unrestricted.

    The reality of atmospheric dispersion of ETS in outdoor settings is this: individual cigarettes are point sources of air pollution and, therefore, smoking in groups becomes an area source. Outdoor air pollutants from individual …

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