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ERIC Number: EJ878138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Secondhand Smoke Exposure in a Rural High School
Lee, Kiyoung; Hahn, Ellen J.; Riker, Carol A.; Hoehne, Amber; White, Ashleigh; Greenwell, Devin; Thompson, Dyshel
Journal of School Nursing, v23 n4 p222-228 2007
Although federal law requires all public schools to be smoke free, lack of compliance with the smoke-free policy is commonly reported. The aims of this study were to describe the indoor fine-particle (PM[subscript 2.5]) air pollution in a rural high school and surrounding public venues. This cross-sectional, nonexperimental study was conducted in Monroe County, Kentucky (population of 11,756). Fine-particle concentrations were measured in the high school and 5 public venues using spectrometers. Because of illegal student smoking, PM[subscript 2.5] concentrations were 19 times higher in the boys' student restroom than the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for outdoor air (670 vs. 35 [micro]g/m[superscript 3]). The staff restrooms adjacent to the student restroom where staff did not smoke also showed high PM[subscript 2.5] levels. Average indoor air pollution in the public venues was 158 [micro]g/m[superscript 3]. Strict enforcement of smoke-free school policy and cessation resources are needed to reduce secondhand smoke exposure. Collaborative school-community campaigns involving parents, students, mass media, and community organizations may be effective in reducing the harm caused by tobacco. Implications for school nurses are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky