Exposure to Secondhand Smoke on Patios


Michael Chaiton


September 2013

Type of Report

OTRU Update


The health risks of second hand smoke (SHS) are now well established; in many places, including the province of Ontario, most indoor public places such as workplaces, bars, and restaurants are covered under smoke-free ordinances. People in outdoor environments are also exposed to SHS. Using data from the Ontario Tobacco Survey, this update examines the characteristics of those who are exposed to smoking on patios.

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