Estimated mortality from second-hand smoke among club, pub, tavern and bar workers in New South Wales, Australia

BACKGROUND

In 2004 Cancer Council of New South Wales commissioned the US-based biophysics research company Repace Associates, Inc. to conduct a scientific assessment of the risks from exposure to secondhand smoke for workers in NSW hotels, clubs and other licensed venues such as taverns, and casinos, relative to the absence of workplace exposure. The assessment estimated the number of NSW bar staff who would die from diseases known to be caused by second hand smoke as a result of their exposure while at work.

In 2004 the NSW Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 prohibited smoking in a wide range of enclosed public places, but provided exemptions for most areas of hotels, registered clubs and nightclubs.

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