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SHS Exposure in Public Places in Latin America

Buenos Aires, Argentina


The purpose of this study was to assess secondhand smoke concentrations in public places in the capital cities of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The study assessed airborne nicotine concentrations in public places using a common protocol in all seven Latin American countries.

Airborne nicotine was detected in most (94 percent) of the locations surveyed, with Argentina and Uruguay having the highest concentrations in most environments.

Findings from this study led to regulation in Uruguay, which went on to become the first country in Latin America to declare its public places smoke-free in 2006. 2001-2004

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