Pubs' carbon monoxide levels drop after smoking ban

PUBS across North Somerset have seen a massive reduction in carbon monoxide in the air following the introduction of the Government smoking ban. The figures, released by North Somerset Council, show an average 64 per cent reduction in carbon monoxide (CO)

PUBS across North Somerset have seen a massive reduction in carbon monoxide in the air following the introduction of the Government smoking ban.The figures, released by North Somerset Council, show an average 64 per cent reduction in carbon monoxide (CO) in the air of four pubs.The gas, which can be deadly in large doses, is caused by the secondhand smoke in cigarettes, as well as boilers and motor vehicles.The tests were carried out in May and August, before and after the July 1 ban came into force.Investigators used an electrochemical monoxide monitor to measure the levels of the gas in the air every five minutes over three days.The tests were carried out as part of the council's routine monitoring by Bristol City Council Scientific Services.The results show the Crab Apple in Clevedon saw the largest drop in CO and was down 87 per cent. In Nailsea The Blue Flame saw a reduction of 71 per cent and the Royal Oak a drop of 33 per cent.The Anchor Inn at Easton-in-Gordano also saw an improvement in air quality with the amount of CO dropping 73 per cent.North Somerset Council executive member for environment Councillor Carl Francis-Pester said: "It is excellent to see the positive impact the smoke free laws are having on workplaces, particularly pubs. "Not only is this brilliant news for anyone who works in these environments, it is also great for visitors."The smoke-free laws made it illegal to light up in virtually all enclosed public buildings.The regulations have been well complied with in North Somerset with no fixed penalty notices or prosecutions issued in the first two months.


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