Secondhand smoke causes disease everywhere, including mental health care settings.

This publication co-authored by USC Institute for Global Health Director Jonathan Samet aims to evaluate second-hand smoke levels in mental health units with different types of smoking bans. Method We conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate second-hand smoke in 64 mental health inpatient units (95.5% of the all such units) in Catalonia, Spain. We measured air concentrations of particulate matter <2.5 μm (PM2.5) as a marker of second-hand smoke in different locations at each unit.

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Authors: Samet JM.
Published By: International Journal of Epidemiology
Date: January 15, 2013
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