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Published August 15, 2011, 07:30 PM

GF Smoking Ban Turns 1; Coalition Says Air Quality Improves

The Grand Forks smoking ban turned one year old Monday and the Tobacco Free Coalition has released results of an indoor air quality study.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

The Grand Forks smoking ban turned one year old Monday and the Tobacco Free Coalition has released results of an indoor air quality study.

The Coalition says that air samples were taken in bars that allowed smoking before the ban. Results showed that fine particle air pollution was in the category of "unhealthy" and workers were exposed to air pollution levels two times higher than the level considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

After the ban, testing found indoor air quality had a decline of 92% in particle pollution, enough to reach the category of a "good" level.

"We thought most people in Grand Forks, and most North Dakotans in general did not want to inflict injury on other people. And that is what secondhand smoke is, the infliction of injuries on others," Dr. Eric Johnson with the Tobacco Free ND organization said.

The testing was completed by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General's 2010 report, tobacco smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer.

The report also states that every exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage DNA in a way that leads to cancer.

The coalition will next study smoking related to heart health.

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